A call from London woke me up this morning at 8:00am. I turned over as I heard the buzzing of my phone, hesitant to pick it up before my alarm on a Sunday morning. Sleepily, I squinted at the caller ID, ready to ignore the call. Surprisingly, it was an international number, with the Facebook profile picture of my dear friend Caroline flashing across the screen. I bounded out of bed with joy, eager to hear the voice of my foreign friend.
Our conversation wasn’t very profound, especially given that I was still half-asleep and Caroline’s British accent is oftentimes difficult for me to interpret, but the words exchanged weren’t what really mattered. It was the communion of our voices that brought joy to my heart. There is power in the familiarity of a friend’s voice, and it’s called love. We are often surrounded with sources of love in our lives that go unnoticed; slow down and notice them though, for they are true treasures that we have at hand.
Your voice matters. Even if you aren’t sure if you have the right words to say, sometimes it doesn’t even matter. What matters more is that you share your voice. Share it generously with those you love, share it with the causes that need to be spoken about, and share it with yourself. Trust that what you have to say in this world really does have an impact and that your voice, even if it’s just in a simple phone call with a distant friend, matters.
Call someone you love today and reach out to a friend that is far away. Your time, even though it isn’t in person, is a true gift that will pour love in that person’s day. Be generous with your voice, the world needs it.