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How to Advocate Your Passionate Purpose

How to Advocate Your Passionate Purpose

Advocacy is sharing. Sharing your story. Sharing the idea behind your story. At every opportunity life gives you. If you pay attention, you'll find life drenches you with opportunity. 

I took Butters to the Vet's for her annual checkup. She was in her travel cage. (Okay, it's a dog crate for a Great Dane, whatever). Butters impatiently waited for me to pay the bill at the counter. A woman walked behind me and passed Butter's location. Butters became incensed. The woman had a small, handled basket with a towel draped over the top. It was the towel Butters could not abide. She's had quite enough of towels today. Being as they were the primary contraption to create a burrito of a Butters for her medical exam.

I turned around to see her peeking into her towel covered basket to coo to her young male cockatiel, not yet fledged.

"Is it friendly?" She asked me while standing awkwardly over Butters, with her towel and basket hiding her treasure.

"Yes, but she is terrified of the towel you are hanging over her head." I say.

"Oh." She's steps back with little regard to who is behind her. "So, it's friendly, then?"

"Butters is extremely kind and friendly. You just happened to meet her on her checkup day. If you put that towel and basket down, I could introduce you." She didn't. She moved closer.

"Does it talk?" 

"SHE speaks well, yes." I answer. 

"It's a Macaw, right?" 

"SHE. She is a blue and gold macaw named Butters, yes." I answer. I walk forward and passively force her to step back and away without comment. "Who do we have in this little basket?" I ask after creating a safe space for Butters.

"Oh, this is Sammie. We don't know if it's a boy, but I think it is."

I agree, it's a male cockatiel. Sweet, young, not fledged, with a full crest and a naked spot on his head. Another week and he'll be flying.

She continues looking at Butters. "It never fails, every time I get a cockatiel there's something wrong with it."

I could go on, but I want to leave this storyline to look at the advocacy opportunity itself. Every time, she said. She's had multiple baby cockatiels. And multiple events bringing her into the Vet's office (she gets a point for that). We spoke a bit more, it seemed Sammie had a bit of formula stuck in his vent. No problem. Dr. Zellner will fix that right up.

But here's my advocacy opportunity.

  • She's had and lost multiple cockatiel babies.
  • Uses the word "it".
  • Asks questions that people without parrots ask. She hasn't evolved into a companion parrot person.

I introduce myself, FlockCall, and the system of creating a successful companion parrot lifestyle. It's what I do. It's where she needs to be for Sammie. Sammie isn't an it. Sammie is a fiery cockatiel who is looking for a flock and friendship.

Jump forward an hour and we are home. I have Butters in her travel cage on the front porch while I search for magnolia branches in the front yard. We are about to go back into the house. Our neighbors across the street arrive from a day of school. They have two lovely daughters. Sweet, intelligent, kind and open. They see Butters and I invite them over and into the house to visit the flock. They've not seen everyone up close, only through open windows in the Fall while they ride their bikes outside in the street and Butters and Snickers yell, "HI!".

The girls didn't say a word, their eyes were wide. Mom couldn't believe the size of macaws, or their colors, or how beautiful they look. Felix talked up a storm and flirted none stop. Kirby asked for kisses. It was a wonderful visit for them and us.

Mom said, "I have never seen parrots like this! I mean. I've seen little parakeets at PetSmart, and I thought, they look horrible! They look sick. Is this what parrots look like? This can't be right!? And now, here I am seeing beautiful, colorful, friendly parrots that are so big! Felix has yellow eyes! A red tail! I have never seen a real parrot before like they are supposed to be. I've only seen them in PetSmart." She was genuinely excited.

Advocacy isn't about forcing change.

  • Advocacy is sharing the truth through example, help, and revelation.
  • Advocacy is leading. It is not pushing.
  • Never underestimate your daily moments of advocacy. They are powerful, edifying, amazing, clarifying, and leave indelible marks that we may never personally see to fruition. But that does not matter. We plant powerful seeds of advocacy.
Whatever your passion purpose. Live it out loud. Advocate through your own life, living your best truths.
Kathy LaFollett is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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