On Voice and Vocation

IMG_5837I’m fascinated by voice, by the way we find our voices, speaking up and giving voice to our ideas, opinions and emotions. I’m also interested in the ways in which we lose our voices, by the ways we silence ourselves — or find ourselves silenced.

For me, it’s personal. I haven’t had a voice in 2 1/2 years. And it’s the second time I’ve lost my voice for a long period of time. Clearly the Universe is trying to tell me something!

A couple of days ago, I came across a new idea: the connection between voice and vocation (or calling). Voice comes from the Latin word vox, which is related to another Latin word, vocare, to call. The word vocation, or calling, comes from vocare.

This was a revelation for me, as another one of my preoccupations is with purpose, and what it is we’re meant to be doing with our lives. While I love my work (in online course development), I’ve felt for a long time as though I’m meant to be doing something more. And it’s interesting to me that my voice loss has required that I slow down at work, and has also prevented me from returning to teaching, which I always expected to do.

So this whole voice and vocation connection has me following new pathways of inquiry. I’m asking myself:

What do I feel called to do?

How can I give voice to my purpose?

What callings am I not giving voice to? 

These are questions, I suspect, that we might all consider.

I invite you to give voice to your musings below.

Author: Sally

Writer, teacher, mom. Celebrating the beauty and mystery that surrounds us and learning to trust in the journey.

16 thoughts on “On Voice and Vocation”

  1. Susie sent me! Interesting topic. For me, highly confusing. My soul voice speaks to me in a language I’m getting more familiar with. I’ve always been intuitive. The messages are quite clear. I’m learning that my intuitive voice speaks also in very subtle ways. Sometimes by following a vague clue, it brings me to many other subtle feelings that I never felt before but yet I know they are me. Make sense? Nice to meet you. Thanks for posting this. I needed to ponder this for a moment.


    1. There are so many ways for us to explore voice in our lives. It sounds like your inner voice is highly developed. What a beautiful gift. Thanks for coming by!

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      1. I was reminding myself of that today. Why don’t you ask your intuition what to do instead of giving your thoughts the job. Old habits…


  2. That sounds horrific! With all the talking I do, I should at least lose mine temporarily once in a while.
    I love this subject and finally found mine in writing six years ago.
    Thanks for bringing this link to the party!


    1. Susie, thanks for hosting another great party! It’s funny for me – I’ve really found my voice in writing (blogs, books, poetry) while simultaneously losing it in other ways.

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  3. The biggest voice is the way we lead our lives….our lives are our best messages out …….for me personally it is to lad my life in trying to better the lives of fellow beings, through, kindness, compassion, peace and love…….:)
    Nice post Sally……….I have been introduced to your blog by Susie and i am glad to find your blog…….connecting and sharing are always the best.


    1. Welcome, Anindya! I love your perspective – that the way we lead our lives is the truest expression of voice. This is an idea I’d like to explore further.

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