And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger. But my daughter, when I told her of our topic and my difficulty with it, said, 'Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don't speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.' Audre Lorde,
...”fear there won’t be love at the other end of what I have to say” yes so true
I relate so well with what you’ve written here! I always find so many reasons to keep silent but the cost of that has been huge. .. among my reasons being a fear of cluttering the word-packed world further with my unfinished thoughts. When to speak with words and when to speak with silence, I don’t know.