17 Ways To Use Your Voice Wisely

17 Ways to Use Your Voice Wisely

by Stephanie Szewczyk

It's National Walk Out Day 2018 and this mission of young people wanting to be heard inspires me.  There is a lot of hoopla around this...some people support it and some are against it.  And with just about everything in this world everyone thinks their opinion is the right one.  I was reading comments on a public Facebook forum here in my hometown of Naperville, IL and the judgmental opinions on both sides of our high schoolers planning a walk out was so disheartening.  

Well you know what...maybe these young kids are the change that needs to happen.  Something has to give and I don't have the answers...I have ideas and my own opinions but I refuse to wrap them around me so tightly and let them consume me to be closed minded to other ideas.  I am anxious and excited to see and hear from our future leaders of the world.  I hope they are serious about these walk outs that are planned and use their voices wisely to be the change we all want to see.  I hope they honor the victims of the Parkland tragedy and share with us their views and dreams of a bright future.

My own children are in middle and elementary school and I have talked to them about what is happening.  They are not living in a bubble.  For the most part they understand what is going on in this world...the good, the bad and the ugly.  I have dealt with my 5th grade daughter being scared of going to school and asking me why I would send her someplace that isn't safe.  It breaks my heart and every other parent out there to know that our kids feel scared to go to school.  They ask how do we make it stop?  Why aren't we doing more? How can I help?  

So on this walkout day I offer up this to everyone...young and old.  If each of us performs 17 acts of random kindness over the next 17 days we will all have a positive impact towards a better future.  Together we can make a difference.  We may not fix all of the countries problems but we are doing something to make this world a better place.  We can honor those that lost their lives to the senseless act of violence at Parkland and other mass shootings and show respect to the loved ones they left behind.

At STRONG self(ie) we always encourage people to be their STRONG self(ie) and that means standing up for what you believe it, being respectful, being kind and working together.  Because in the end...we are all better together!  

17 Ways To Use Your Voice (and your actions!) Wisely

  1. Give someone a compliment.
  2. Talk to someone new today.
  3. Leave a kind note in someone's locker or on their desk.
  4. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
  5. Visit or call an old or distant friend (texting doesn't count!  Pick up the phone or go see them!).
  6. Pick up trash...even if it isn't yours.
  7. Tell your mom and dad, thank you for everything they do for you!  Parents...tell your kids they make you proud!
  8. Do a chore without being asked.
  9. Bake treats and take them to the fire or police station.
  10. Write a thank you note to someone.
  11. Text or Snap someone 17 emojis that will make them smile.
  12. Make someone laugh.
  13. Take the day off from complaining...enjoy every tiny moment of the day.
  14. Hold the door open for someone.
  15. Help make dinner.
  16. Donate clothes and shoes that no longer fit.
  17. Smile at everyone you see...it's contagious!

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