I felt it coming on, but didn’t know how to prevent it. About twice a year this happens. For some unknown reason I develop an unpleasant and irritating malady that leaves me without much of a voice. I rasp and scratch and my top volume is barely audible. It’s easier to just clam up and not say a word.
This, of course, wouldn’t be much of a problem if I were a monk who had taken a vow of silence. Or anyone who had taken a vow of silence. I, however, have taken no such vow. In fact, I am bound to do the opposite. My job is to teach, and in teaching I generally use my voice. During these times, though, I have to think of something else.
Fortunately for me I have access to technology. My lessons this week have been delivered with the support of powerpoint presentations, and in those presentations I have shared the voices of others. Poets, athletes, entertainers, and ordinary people have shared their voices with my students this week. They have learned through not only my voice, but the voices of many others, from around the globe. There have been voices of the able bodies and physically challenged, the wealthy and the poor, the successful and the downtrodden.
In class we listen to music, get lost in poetry, and think about our place in the world. We challenge ourselves to be our best, and by doing so to make a positive impact on our world.
Sometimes losing our own voice allows us to really listen to others, and in so doing to learn from them and make our own message more clear.
June 11, 2014 at 9:36 am
I’m sorry to hear about losing your voice, but what a wonderful and positive lesson to teach the kids – and us!
June 11, 2014 at 11:39 am
Thanks. They did great and picked up the slack for me! 🙂
June 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm
That’s such a great way to look at it. As opposed to hitting the hot whiskey and lemon as i would do 😉
June 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm
Actually that doesn’t sound half bad about now…
June 12, 2014 at 2:19 am
Sorry you are not well BUT totally agree with you on the listening part. great insight
June 12, 2014 at 11:08 am
Thanks. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while! 🙂