Just because you're already trying to serve doesn't mean you're immune from attack by the thought police or those who think you should go to great extremes to prove your commitment to building a better world.
The indicia of social consciousness and responsibility can be found all around. In fact, an entire cottage industry is emerging designed to advance the cause of doing good.
Don't get me wrong. I'm part of that group, and I wholeheartedly support their efforts to raise the consciousness of all to work toward rectifying the problems we've created for ourselves.
The problem is, when you're starting your mission, it's easy to get distracted by all the noise and detoured from the task at hand -- developing a viable, sustainable mission that makes the difference you're called to make. If you get caught up in all the good intentions (that too often come with mountains of paperwork, not to mention overhead and consultants like me to help you sort through it all), you just might find yourself falling along the wayside, unable to help anyone despite your best efforts and intentions.
There's only so much energy and attention we all have, and to build a mission requires a single-mindedness of focus that allows you to cut through the noise and do what needs to be done, without becoming detoured by all the things that you'd like to do or could be done.
In short, your mission will tell you what it needs. It will come with its own set of principles and perspectives, and to them you must be true.
The problems facing our world are offering us great opportunity to evolve into higher expressions of what human beings can be. Such evolution comes at a price, however -- we will be forced to give up much of how we've seen our lives and what they're about.
Today I'd like to talk about an alternative view -- not to ram it down your throat, but to suggest it as a possibility to entertain as you encounter the obstacles we have placed in our common path, and you in your personal one.
Here's a startling graphic from Carrington College that will give you a good picture of what's going on, and where you might be able to find your place within it.
[Via: Carrington College's Health Information Technology Program]