Finding Your Voice & Talking While Invisible

I hear it all the time, “really get focused and figure out what you want your message to be. Find your passion and speak it out loud. Find the message that you were born to tell, and tell it.”

Sure, that took some years of testing my thoughts, my passions, my skills…and sure, I’m still learning daily.

However, I have found that it is far more crucial to find your persistence. To find the strength and stick-to-it-ness to keep sharing your message when you look around and realize no one is listening.

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You may have to try changing the words, your platform for distributing your message, and you may have to try to find another audience. However, even when you make these changes you may find yourself speaking to a virtually empty auditorium.

Maybe your aunt or mother or sibling showed up out of a sense of duty and pity, so you keep speaking since someone is there, and you keep hoping someone else will walk through those doors.

That’s when you determine how much you believe in your message.

I believe in mine still, and the auditorium is empty.

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Finding Your Voice & Talking While Invisible

Mingas, Barn Raisings, and Isolation

This week I’ve been reading a lot, as is normal for me now. In one of my books (Me to We), a story is told about a group trying to build a school in the high mountainous region of Ecuador during harvest time. The winding road down the mountain was busy with individuals coming down, making it challenging to get supplies up. The spoke to a town elder, and she said they needed a Minga. She went outside and called out that there would be a minga the next day. The next morning everyone for miles and miles around were there, having set their work aside, to help in the collective effort to get the work done.

The authors described it as similar to a riot, but for a positive goal. Somewhat like a barn raising and work-bee and riot all together.

I thought about the isolation present in the culture that surrounds me, individualism to the extreme, and began daydreaming of ways this minga-spirit can be brought to the culture that I know.

I will add “Minga-Spirit Culture” to my list of things to try to figure out how to do. To see if I have something to offer that can change the world for the better in this way and others.

I know that I would really appreciate if such a thing existed.

I realize I’ve had a million ideas on here, you’re probably thinking “man this girl is an idea machine. What’s she doing with them all?” Well, what I do with them is I take them to the author who inspired them, and see if they want to engage in discussion about the idea. I present them to some like-minded friends. See if our collaborative powers can do something with one of the millions of ideas I have.

One of these days, the match between idea and partner will happen. In the meantime, I’m working on writing books, creating a board game, educating myself, and making as many connections as possible!

Did any of you get a brilliant idea from the concept of Mingas?

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Mingas, Barn Raisings, and Isolation