We often use “voice” to refer to a leader’s message and style. Today I’m referring literally to your voice as used in your ability to speak.
One of my dearest friends has lost his voice. He is a professional speaker in the advanced stages of cancer and side-effects from the disease have left him unable to speak above a whisper. It is possible the condition is permanent.
He continues to make some appearances. He informs groups in advance about his condition, but they often choose to bring him in anyway and play videos of his past presentations, allowing some time at the end for some whispered wisdom.
His take? “Whispering makes people listen better. It has been a blessing. I wish I had realized this sooner.”
I know he wishes he had his old voice back, but he doesn’t. Instead he’s resolved to make the most of the voice he has left.
He inspires me.