Does speaking up get you down?

Would you like to speak more freely in front of others? Perhaps you have a good idea to express, but reasons for not doing so flood in.

These "reasons" may signal a need to pray. Advice to "think positively" is well meant, but not a cure for knee-shaking, voice-quavering turmoil. And the counterpart—dull, "I don't care" apathy—perhaps conceals an unacknowledged desire just to melt away.

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