Silence Be Damned

Last night, the US Senate silenced Elizabeth Warren, a woman, for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King, another woman. The document was a couple of decades old, about Jeff Sessions, who is currently being considered for attorney general (a position recently held by a woman – one who was fired for speaking out against the president). It wasn’t a supportive letter. When the Senate lost their collective male minds and forced Warren to stand down, she stepped into the hallway.

And finished reading. Out loud.

On my drive to work this morning, I was thinking about Ms. Warren and her courage. I was thinking about how she doesn’t let anyone get in her way or slow her down.

Neither should you. Or me. Or us. We are artists and crafters and makers because we have something to say. There are going to be people who don’t like our work. I don’t enjoy every piece of art I see. There are entire wings of museums – hell, there are entire museums – that I don’t understand and want no part of. That doesn’t diminish their value.

There are going to be a lot more who do like what we have to say. Those museums? They don’t speak to the people like me and they don’t have to. They speak to the people who appreciate the work. The voice. Your work doesn’t have to appeal to everyone. If you touch one person, you’ve made a difference in their life.

Whether the world feels like it’s falling apart or not, whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, let no one silence you. Speak your truth.

In words
In paint
In music
In metal
In sculpture
In cupcakes (I highly recommend this one)
In performance

Speak your truth. Even if you have to do so in the hallway.

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