I didn’t get to watch the Golden Globes, but when I got off work and was perusing through Facebook before I drifted off to dream land, I saw my newsfeed exploding with kudos to Oprah for her speech during her acceptance of the Cecil B. de Mille Award.
Oprah’s one of those women who doesn’t just throw her words around. She doesn’t simply use her fame to grow her platform and become richer. She uses her platform to share truth, injustice, victories, and more.
I don’t always agree with the views Oprah shares, but I still admire her strength, courage, vulnerability, and tenacity. I want to be like her when I grow up.
This speech. This speech. This speech.
Their Time is Up
I haven’t spoken out much about the #metoo movement. I’ve sat back and observed, read, prayed, cried, and remembered I’m one of those #metoo people.
I’ve been strengthened and encouraged by the willingness for women of Hollywood to stand up and speak out, not just for themselves, but for the voices of millions of women who will never be famous, who may never have their names known, but fight daily to overcome the devastation of being a #metoo.
“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.”
Their. time. is. up.
Speaking Your Truth is the Most Powerful Tool We All Have
Being afraid sucks. Living in fear of what will happen if you speak out is no way to live. But we are in the days where fear is no longer the most powerful tool.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I am especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”
The “No matter how hard this is, I’m not going to keep secrets of what happened to me anymore” kind of truth.
The “It’s time to get real and vulnerable and remember I have a voice” kind of truth.
There Is A New Day On The Horizon
I’m inspired by the darkness coming to the light in the lives of so many women. I’m inspired by the women who are using their platforms to not only bring the secrets of their own hurts to life, but using their voices to bring the secrets of all of us #metoo friends who have longed to tell our stories.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “me too” again!”
As I read that quote again, I hear the words of Johnny Nash singing, “I Can See Clearly Now.”
The Change Is Here
My prayer is that we don’t move backwards in this change. My prayer is not for us to burn our bras or to protest in the streets of Washington with hate.
My prayer is that we keep using our voices to speak the truth. To stand up in knowing we don’t have to live our lives as victims, because now our voices are being heard.
“The change is here with everyone who chooses to say ‘me too’ and every man who chooses to listen.”
Let’s keep listening. Let’s keep speaking. Let’s create conversations that bring change.
We. Are. The. Change.
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