To consider a wider context, at the moment a movement is happening for different groups to be able to voice their concerns. To examine how their voices have been stifled or ignored. Voice in one aspect equals power. Often there’s an issue around power because it carries an aura of aggression and the need to be right. Louder doesn’t and shouldn’t equal rightness.
As writers we strive to find our individual voice in order to draw others in. We want to share something whether we write fiction or fact. For me at its purest intention I want to say, look I know you’re going through some challenges. They may be different from mine but maybe through what I write you can find a way to face your challenges. Create a different outcome, a more expansive life and an inner strength.
We know that in all situations between people whether work, social or more intimate friends and family, power struggles play out all the time. Sometimes overt, more often hidden and subtle.
I can offer you one practical way this has played out for me over the years. If I have a list of items to do and some of them are for others, my instinctive choice has been to do theirs first. My logic says that leaves me free to get on in peace with mine. The psychologist offered me the suggestion that a relatively small act over time has shown others how to treat me. By not doing my own work first I’ve effectively said it’s less important than everyone else’s.
A sobering thought and it sent me away for a long reflection on power and balance.