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Embrace the power of silence

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In a world that can’t seem to stop talking, this quote from author Baba Ram Dass may make some uncomfortable.

The author claims, "The quieter you become, the more you can hear."

Discomfort brought on by quiet can be a good thing if it leads us to take action on another’s behalf.

My daughter was asked to put this idea into practise by participating in her middle school’s Day of Silence campaign.

Each student at the school was encouraged to be silent for those who have no voice. Many of the students wore signs around their necks with messages for those they were silent for — "I am silent for child soldiers;" "I am silent for those who feel bullied;""I am silent for victims of human trafficking."

The We are Silent Campaign is a part of the Free the Children movement founded by Craig Kielburger when he was only 12 years old. If you are not familiar with his story it is worth a read.

He is currently inspiring children and young adults around the world to Be the Change.

When I see our young people taking a stand and actively pursuing justice for people who are marginalized and without a voice, I feel inspired.

What if we adults became better informed about the issues affecting the voiceless around us, and took a day to be intentionally silent in our workplaces for a specific cause?

This could be a powerful experience if we modelled some of our children’s examples, and became voices for the silent in our local and global communities.

I know that I could personally do more, and am excited by the passion and commitment of teachers and their students who are exercising their voices into action, and sometimes even silence.

I am throwing out the challenge to people of all ages to recognize the power of their own voices in matters of importance.

If you feel inspired and want a place for ideas visit freethechildren.com

Kelley Sookram is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia.

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