BONUS: The Prayer
14:44 | Dec 7th, 2018
How one prayer changed a life.
This is our 1st episode discussion. The idea is to pick a thoughtful episode to reflect and discuss it with the Podyssey community. Here are some conversation starter questions, feel free to just reflect on them or join the discussion below. - Have you ever lost your voice? (If even for a short time) and how did it affect you and how you interacted with your surroundings or people around you? - Are there any cultural or family rituals you remember or practice to this day? Why or why not? - Lena seems to pick the Pooja because it brings her closer to her Dad. Are there any things that you do just to feel close with your close family or friends? - Have you ever felt embarrassed by your ethnic cultural practices? Do you find yourself reclaiming your culture like Lena as you grow older? - Friends seem to distance themselves when Lena needed them the most. What can we do to make sure we are there for our friends when they need us the most?
I've definitely lost my ability to communicate with voice temporarily in many different instances - for example, when I'm travelling in a foreign country where I don't speak the language and vice versa. I'm thankful for technologies like Google Translate and other translation apps that translates the text of what I want to say albiet imperfect translations. It's incredible that you can communicate with someone in a different language just through text and hand waves.
I'll start. I really enjoyed listening to this episode. I've never lost my voice but as someone who listens to podcasts on a daily basis, I've never taken the time to think of how prevalent audio is in my life. She summed it up with my favourite quote from the story: "I had never realized, how much of myself, how much that made me - me, was defined by my voice" I also appreciated her talking about growing up different and even feeling embarrassed about things her family + dad would do. When I was younger, I definitely had a tendency to hide some of those cultural differences, as I've gotten older, I come to appreciate these differences a lot more.
Are you sure you haven't lost your voice or ability to community through speech before? I can think of examples when you lose your voice/ability to community through speech, eg. when you're sick, had dental work done, broke your jaw, maybe even trying to talk to someone through glass, when you're in foreign country where no one knows your language or when you can't communicate to someone through speech, so you use text instead.