“Dare to declare who you are.
It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech.
The path is not long, but the way is deep.
You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.”
-Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th century Christian composer and mystic whose music and meditations still echo in our hearts today. These words ring true for me because they speak to the power of language, especially when we use words that define and declare who we are.
Such words may be, “I am intelligent! I am strong! I am beautiful! I am creative! I am compassionate!”
Sometimes we need to say the words to believe them, and perhaps we need to say them over and over. But the words must come from our depths, and they are given birth only with courage and daring.
How do we each declare who we are? Do words really matter? I think so. Do you?