Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)This morning we are looking at Ujamaa through the lens that I call deep purpose. Ujamaa allows us to develop and use our talents, resources, time and money in a focused way. The goal of Ujamaa is to build up your family, in order to have a sustainable network of love, care and support you must have people who are productive and contributing. Ujamaa is the concept of cooperative economics. Where people are coming together to create businesses and financial opportunities. This is a very important principle because it talks about building our own businesses, using our resources to create jobs and opportunities for ourselves. I want to dive into the idea of Cooperative economics looking at using our resources in a focused way. Deep purpose allows us to apply all of our time and efforts into the ultimate goal of our lives. Rather than wasting our energy juggling different projects that in no way benefit our culture or tribe. With deep purpose (nia) we learn to apply our resources toward the building of what we call in Gye-Nyame "Ket.N" (Our Thang). For some this may seem impossible, but if you are truly on purpose you will find that your life begins to line up with that purpose. This is what I mean by the term "Deep Purpose". Your job lines up and your duties begin to lend themselves to building toward your purpose. Your school work begins to align itself with your purpose, your hobbies and habits all lend to themselves to bring you in tune with your purpose. This idea of "Deep Purpose" is magical and once you begin to experience it, even your obstacles become stepping stones that lift you to the fulfillment of your purpose.
I know for me, this has been an important part of my life and it has allowed me to focus my energy on growing my tribe. I have been able to do this because I understand what my purpose is here on this earth. Knowing my purpose, allows me to make daily decisions that help me grow that purpose or weaken that purpose. I have learned to apply Ujamaa and harness the resources in my personal, professional and tribal life, toward the ultimate and I believe that you can do the same. Here are the questions for those that are on the #NguzoSabaChallenge to wrestle with;
What have you learned about the concept of "Deep Purpose?"
How are you using your time to build your life toward a "Deep Purpose?"
What is your "Deep Purpose?"
What do you want to be remembered for when you leave this earth?
Our tribe exists because of a new way of thinking, and a new way of seeing the world. As we apply this lens to our own lives as tribe members, and start to see the power of cooperative economics (Ujamaa) and how our impact on the world truly reflects on our values, we can get back to our roots and bring out our personal "Deep Purpose", instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted by superficial material gains. We can truly begin to build something that can stand the test of time, and move our people into greener pastures. Here are some ways that you can connect with your "Deep Purpose":
1. Find a teaching
2. Share your gifts
3. Remember your purpose
4. Stay focused
5. Listen to your gut
6. Answer with actions
7. Build the future now
8. Feed your soul
Of course we will go more in depth about these in the daily rant tune in and learn more. Here is your proverb:
"You are invited to join the hunt when your nets are in evidence!"
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