The Oscar winning film The King’s Speech is about a man struggling to find his voice, even though he was, King George VI, the most powerful man in England.
Finding one’s voice is of utmost importance in life. I believe that every one of us has a voice bouncing around trying to be heard, whether through business, art, music, writing, or whatever has meaning for us. We all dream that someday we’d stand out like a patch of red among a vast expanse of green. However, unlike the king in the movie who worked so hard to gain a voice, I know a woman who deliberately tried to lose hers.
She was a nun who lived in Taiwan. Before she became a nun, she had, like countless other women, worked at boring jobs to help support her family. After her husband passed away and her children left home, she used her free time to study Buddhism. She began to meditate and as her practice deepened, she decided to leave the city for a remote mountain far away from the travails of this Red Dust. She lived a very simple life of meditation, chanting, and gardening.
Because of her devotion to Buddhism, she gradually became famous. Ironically, since her purpose in leaving the city was to be left alone to meditate, reporters began to travel to her remote mountaintop to interview her. But the nun refused to grant any interviews and gradually stopped talking altogether. She also stopped eating, surviving only on soup and juice. But her asceticism only made her more famous. When the reporters tried to find pictures of her to print in their newspapers, they were surprised to find that she didn’t have any. Finally, one was found– her passport photo for the one time she traveled outside Taiwan.
For this unusual women, it was when she stopped speaking completely that she found her true voice. Because of her intense devotion, she came to be worshipped throughout Taiwan.