Nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others. – Angelina Jolie

Across the world, there’s a woman just like me with the same abilities and the same desires, same work ethic and love for her family, who would most likely make better films and better speeches. Only she sits in a refugee camp, and she has no voice. She worries about what her children will eat, how to keep them safe, and if they’ll ever be allowed to return home. I don’t know why this is my life, and that’s hers. I don’t understand that, but I will do as my mother asks. – Angelina Jolie

OK, so I’m a cry baby. I cry easily. It’s my sensitive heart. So yes, I cried when I listened to Angelina’s acceptance speech. It was beautiful and inspiring. But it also made me feel small, overwhelmed and helpless. Especially, in the context of Australia’s current asylum seeker policies. To date I haven’t been a particularly politically minded citizen. However, the current Australian government has woken something up in me that I’d tried to run from for a long time.

And it makes me ask… do I live a life of use to others? Is that ‘use’, really ‘useful’ in the broader context of humanity? So straight to it, every public social media and content marketing event I run from now on, will have a least one place available for a non-for-profit organisation gratis, to help their efforts in living a life of use to others. More to follow.

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