Stuttering - Not Just Speech Related

Have you ever felt like your life is a bit of a stutter?  This week, with recording artist Ed Sheeran coming out and talking about the obstacles he's overcome, it made me think about stuttering in other ways.

Absolutely, there is the speech impediment, known as stuttering, which strangely, for some people, completely disappears when they are doing something they are at ease with, like singing.  Think Jim Nabors - Gomer Pyle (I know, that takes us back, some of us won't have a clue who I'm referring to), Mel Tillis (country recording artist), James Earl Jones (who actually didn't stutter, but didn't speak for many years of his youth) and Winston Churchill.  All had a speech impediment but it didn't stop them from doing what they wanted to in life. 

I think we all stutter in our lives.  It's just not something that can be heard all the time.  That thing that keeps us from moving forward with something, or casts self-doubt on what we are wanting to accomplish or where we think we should be.  It could all be described as stuttering in a way.

Who, but ourselves, really hears it.  I have a "lisp" that as a child, kept me from speaking out and constantly trying to find a way of avoiding the letter "s" any way I could.  The positive thing about that is it helped my vocabulary immensely!!  I can always find a substitute word without the dreaded "s" in it so people won't hear me "lisp".

But really, does anyone care.  If all someone is listening to is how you form a word, are they really listening to what you're saying.

Who wants to sound or be like everyone else.  Rejoice in the fact that you have learned ways around what could be considered an impediment.  An impediment is only something that holds you back.  Don't ever be held back from speaking and contributing to what is going on around you.  What you have to say and bring to this world is just as valuable as anyone else.  Be heard!!  Move forward!!

Live and sparkle,

Sherri