#BlogElul 9 – Hear
It’s kind of funny talking about “voice” in a written medium, and yet it can be quite unmistakable. If I see a piece by Julien Smith, I know who wrote it before I see the author’s name. The same is true of Seth Godin and a few other authors. These are people who have a distinct style, a tone of voice that comes through in their writing.
Any decent course on blogging or writing will tell you how important it is to “find your voice”, to express yourself in an authentic, recognisable way. Of course, to be authentic, first you have to have some idea of who you are, and that’s often the rub. If we define ourselves in terms of our work, our family, our social status, what do we do if we lose any of these, G-d forbid? Is there somebody in there, completely separate from all of those, and do I like this person? It’s a scary thought.
In the Rosh HaShana liturgy there is a famous, moving prayer in which we beg G-d to hear our voice and have compassion on us. In these days of Elul, we also need to work on hearing our own voice. It may not be as mellifluous as that of the singer in this recording, but it is ours, and therefore precious, unique and worthy of hearing.