Find your voice

I was talking to my friend and coach the other day about becoming involved in the discourse of the political and social climate, being a voice in the midst of so much fear and strong emotion. 

We strongly feel, and I think a lot of people are feeling this, that we are obligated to step up and do what we can to find our voice, to stop playing small.

How does one become a voice? There are many ways one can do this. 

You can write articles, write books, speak in public, create groups of support, be involved in community activities aimed at supporting the disadvantaged. Any way you can, share your own stories, what you have experienced or witnessed. Lead a group to create a letter writing campaign to local or state politicians. If you’re not a writer or speaker, maybe you have other skills: create artwork, write music, or volunteer your time. 

Just don’t stop speaking up.

For a coach, the question is: What are you learning, and how can you build a foundation for the work you are doing? Ask yourself: How can I use this to grow? Because by building that foundation, you are creating something strong on which to do your best work, your most impactful work.

For an entrepreneur, the invitation is: when you have a captive audience, use it. Who is your tribe and how are you reaching out to them? Be a leader. Show the way. Do the right thing.

Whatever our vocation, we stand, beckoning and calling, singing and shouting, planted at the gates of Hope. This world and our people are beautiful and broken, and we are called to raise that up — to bear witness to the possibility of living with the dignity, bravery, and gladness that befits a human being. That may be what it is to “live our mission.”
— Reverend Victoria Safford in her essay “The Small Work in the Great Work”

I think we need to strike while the “iron is hot,” as they say. We need to use this set-back for good. For growth. For developing good relationships. For hearing the other side of the story, and for understanding why there is such disenfranchisement in the political system and our government. For working together to create a country we can ALL live in and feel that it is really “ours,” the place we built and the place we want it to be for us, for our children and grandchildren.

Just as the unfortunate building of the Dakota pipeline has brought thousands of native tribes members together, working together for the first time, to save what is good — we can use this broken system of our democracy to work together as neighbors, as part of the network of humanity that is this country’s strength. Let’s not continue to divide one another into Red and Blue, poor and rich, educated and uneducated, or along race lines, religion, gender or sexual preference. Let’s find common ground. Let’s listen. Really, really listen and not be quick to judge.

I am beginning to step out of the shadows, and I’m feeling pulled toward the brightness of collaboration and friendship and understanding.

What that looks like, I don’t know. 

What I do know is that I am honing my speaking skills with Toastmasters; I am blogging more now that I have so much to say; I am free to work with coaching clients and other entrepreneurs and like-minded people, to create some kind of spiritual movement. To connect in a way that I’ve not felt connected before, having always felt like I was on the outside looking in. 

Don’t stay on the outside any longer. Don’t stay quiet. Do use your talents and voice for good. This is about raising consciousness, about mindfulness, about connecting on a heart-to-heart level with others. 

What do you want to do? Contact me if you have any ideas. I’d love to have a conversation.