Sustaining Story Saturday: Awaiting another voice

Sustaining Story Saturday: Awaiting another voice

?????????For last year’s words belong to last year’s language.  And next year’s words await another voice.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.

T.S. Eliot

I saw the above quote a few days ago in the Sierra Club’s Daily Ray of Hope, and it seemed perfect for my last week’s focus on starting and stopping.

Eliot’s words reminded us that we are constantly starting and stopping, not only our actions, but also our words, thoughts and voice.

Sometimes we are awaiting another voice in ourselves that we have not lived into yet.  At times, we can feel a new voice rising up within ourselves.

I have been privileged to work with words and make a living as a writer for business, in grant writing for non-profits, and as a coach listening to the emerging voice of my clients and helping them shape their stories.

As I watch my sons mature, their voice is deepening and growing into that of an adult.  Once we are an adult, we sometimes forget that our voice can keep changing into something more powerful that sustains not only ourselves, but the world around us.

To create a sustainable world of abundance for all people, a new collective voice will need to emerge.  I believe that new voice is calling to us, and will be heard more clearly in years to come.

Our ability to use our voice shows up in different ways.

I had an interview last Monday for an environmental advisory board in my own city of Aurora, Illinois.  We talked about the need to communicate sustainability in a way that builds up understanding and possibility for a better quality of life.  I hope to become a member of that board, because I have often worked on behalf of other communities and not so much my own.  It would be a wonderful opportunity to use my voice in a new way.

What do you think of the idea of waiting for another voice to emerge in yourself or the world?

Today’s Contemplation:

Is there a new voice rising up within you, and where might it be taking you?

11 thoughts on “Sustaining Story Saturday: Awaiting another voice

  1. Karen, I loved this line “. Once we are an adult, we sometimes forget that our voice can keep changing into something more powerful that sustains not only ourselves, but the world around us.

    But did not relate to the photo. Maybe you can give me a clue.
    Marvin Klein


    1. Thanks Marvin!
      The photo isn’t probably the perfect one, but I was thinking about the waterfall as a symbol of the earth singing an unheard song. Hope that helps a bit in understanding this choice of picture.



  2. Yes…I do feel my voice is changing, but I am in that place where the old still pulls at me and wants things from me, and the new hasn’t developed enough for me to turn all of my attention to it yet. you know? 🙂


    1. Sara, I understand that completely. I think many of us are in that situation right now. There is a process to moving into our new voice to be sure! 🙂


  3. I’ll offer a three part haiku then;
    feeling otherwise voice-less in text

    mirror reflection
    cadaverous sheen membrane

    one moment knowing
    speech obeying apostolic
    lodestar supernovas

    no-being moment
    omni-cosmopolite feels
    entanglement frees

    Blessings Karen.
    ~ Eric


  4. Aaron, I’ve noticed it seems like your voice is shifting a bit in your blogs. Your writing seems to be deepening and expanding. You’re always fun and full of new ideas, and that is great to watch the journey that you are traveling!


  5. I think that’s a cool way of looking at it. Growing and changing as people never has to stop. My approach to writing has been shifting.


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