We write a sales pitch to our best friends.
According to the statistics across the nation, Indigenous children make up the highest percentages of a growing demographic across Canada. In some cities, this means it is our children who are fastest growing demographic. What that means is what sources or resources, or entry points are there to help not only our children but ourselves, move forward into a pathway of light, innovation and prosperity. While we know about the negatives, we strive to have a peaceful place. That home. That energy of love and light. Community and belonging. This is not some far off thought. This is truth.
Yesterday when I sat with a group of moms, the themes that came up were,
-We want the best for our children
-We feel language programming in our Indigenous Language or an Indigenous Language would serve our children in a deep healing and supportive way, though it is not happening. What would and could make that happen? We do know models that work.
-We know we deal with racism and feeling safe in most aspects of our live, racism is tiring, though something we don’t want to use as an excuse but something we want to be seen as a real lived experience. What and how to create safety and mentor positive relationships?
-Safety knowledge is different for us when we leave our homes to the cities, and the friendships we also build are very unique, to other moms,
-We know that education starts and stays with us as knowledge keepers of our culture and communities, which becomes very difficult in a city and with new relationships to make with classroom teachers, principals etc.
-We know that our communities may thrive and our kids may thrive off better back home in our communities, though we are in the cities for work, for school, for health.
-We do feel we lack connectedness to resources.
-We feel compelled to show leadership to our children in our many amazing fields of knowledge bases. We are teaching our children many amazing things thanks to help as well from the frontline workers who are acting too like family to our families.
-We carry within us strengths.
-We’d like to be able to build upon those strengths in places where we can be mentored.
There are many more stories here. When I sat with the women, I shared my own stories as well. Like constellations of some distant star, we mapped out our stories in a short visit. There certainly was time for more.
Writing a compelling sales pitch is about spending time with those stories that sit close to your heart. It is about exposing your vulnerable truth. That is by the way your gift. It is then finding your tribe.
The one thing I learned a long time ago: deep sharing and sharing about our lives is not ego driven, or egotistical. Deep sharing or even sharing in general is a way we identify ourselves. When we can talk about vulnerable issues without even thinking they are vulnerable we are moving past ego. We are shifting a mindset that has been blocking us, our relationships, even our own view. We are moving into a mindset that serves to help, to build, and to ignite.
The answers really do lay within us.
We only turn to books and research to verify what we already know. Books are amazing things that we should all be writing too.
Carrying a gift is really something we need to honour. We know that because our Elders tell us that. Understanding what our true north is and believing in that, is something all of us wake up to do each day. We also know what is within us, and what makes us feel inspired.
What you love to do may not be expressed on paper. Finding what you love to do is about aligning your heart to your mind. This is your sales pitch. That story there which you dream about and know about because it feels like your voice is parallel to the other voices who also speak, or express that same vibe.
Some of us have to remember those “omg yes” experiences to remember that is your passion. Your kindred moment.
That is your sales pitch. That place that warms your heart.