Social Media or social causes.
Which came first?
Well, that’s an easy question to answer.
Obviously social issues have been with us throughout the dawn of man and especially after the creation of civilization. With the advent of technology it is the Social Media that has exploded it to a whole other level.
That is mostly good but given the myriad of volatile issues that are out there, getting involved in them may or may not be in your best interest.
The extreme examples of becoming passionate about self-destructive causes can be seen when young people join cults, hate groups or participate in criminal activities.
Others can become depressed or angry about the overwhelming amount of bad news that seems unique to our time period from high level corruption, shrinking freedoms and democracies to cultural and social divisions that are creating new widening financial class structures.
Yet, despite it all, what can help you find the meaning, purpose and happiness in your own life?
One very important key is to figure out what you love, your great desire is to fulfill in life, even in the short-term and stay very focused in pursuing it.
You have to drown out the other noises as it were and focus on your own purpose.
We often quote from the masterful team at Psychology Today and for good reason. So often their articles seem to be spot on. In regards to finding your purpose in life, do your ever see yourself as a hero?
In a June 26, 2014 article aptly titled, “What Is Your Purpose In Life?” Mr. Scott T Allison, PH.D. shares, “Put simply, your purpose in life is to live the life of a hero. The hero’s journey is captured in all the great stories in literature, and in all the great movies we enjoy on the big screen. Hero stories endow our lives with meaning and reveal how a human life is meant to be lived.”
The components of that journey tend to be consistent with other hero’s journeys that we have read about in novels and also have been riveted to on the big screen.
After realizing a problem that could affect many, to solve the problem, first you go on a journey, then face adversity, later find a need to assemble allies to help you achieve your goal and eventually at the top of the mountain, begin to give back to society and possibly have a positive effect upon the world.
This seems to speak to Ms. Lauren Bush’s purpose in life as she is impacting lives around the globe through her project FEED.
Lauren Bush is the granddaughter of President George H.W. Bush and the niece of George W. Bush.
FEED Projects was started in 2007 by Lauren, an honorary spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme, and Ellen Gustafson, a former United Nations Communications Officer. FEED Projects sells FEED bags and a portion of each bag is donated to the United Nations World Food Programme to feed children around the world.
At www.feedprojects.com her allies share, “On her travels around the world as a World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand. In places like Cambodia, Chad and Guatemala, she saw a program making a dent in child malnutrition: school meals. When a child is given a free, nutritious school lunch, it can break the cycle of poverty she was born into and empower her to change her own life.
Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of our products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Ten years later, we’ve built a movement connecting our customers to the cause, one bag at a time.”
That is a very impressive example of finding your purpose in life and staying focused on it.
Others in high places have been impressed as well.
On September 3, 2014, Forbes Magazine they announced, “It’s been a busy year for Lauren Bush Lauren. She expanded her FEED empire (Feed Projects, Feed Foundation) with a new initiative out to raise money for 1 million meals for hungry and malnourished children — that’s in addition to the whopping 84 million meals she hit earlier this month.”
Another admirer is fastcompany.com who posts, “Taking her talents as a designer and her experience as an accomplished model, she created a line of fashionable bags–and later other clothing and accessories–that would could make an impact on hunger, and would raise awareness as people walked down the street showing off their FEED gear.”
What an intriguing story.
Given the life that Ms. Bush already had, many would be content to enjoy the comfortable lifestyle that she had already attained as a fashion model and being a part of one of America’s most powerful and historic families.
It seems to be all about this social thing.
These social issues that have been with the human race throughout time.
They just won’t go away.
The difference between Lauren and others is that many who have means are aware of these crucial issues but live a life oblivious to it, unconcerned, while there are others like Lauren who find their purpose in life, their hero’s journey and make a difference.
At her site they add, “FEED is a social business, which means there is an enduring principle at the heart of what we do: people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. As such, all of our products are produced under fair-labor conditions. We are also committed to using environmentally friendly materials, including organic cotton and burlap, whenever possible.
We are also proud to work with artisans for a growing number of collections. We work with established cooperatives in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, El Salvador, and Peru to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations. Through the sale of our artisan-made products, we provide meals in the countries where they were produced, closing the loop on our investment in these communities.”
Are you searching for your purpose in life?
If you are in high school or college, perfect timing. Start thinking about it.
No, not the self-serving one but the one that focuses on the real needs of others.
Seriously. We are sincerely asking. What are you waiting for?
Not the small one for this day, week or month but the big one that will not only change your life and give it a meaningful purpose, it will launch you on your hero’s journey as well.
Sometimes we need examples to help us answer that question.
Look no further.
Lauren Bush is a perfect one.
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