When Michelangelo was asked how he was able to create David from a piece of marble that was deemed no good and abandoned in a courtyard for 25 years, he reportedly said, “It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.” As we think about how to find our voice, we realize that our voice has always been in us from the beginning; we just need to chip away at what is not our voice. This process involves understanding how our family of origin, our past experiences, and our culture informed our voices in ways that are not ours and chip away at it. This work of reflection will be hard at times, so I recommend you do it with a supportive community. Collectively, you will see the masterpieces of your authentic voices emerging.
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