This post is from MSW@USC. We think they have an important message to share.
Taking a moment to show someone they matter could save a life. This summer the USC School of Social Work has the privilege to sponsor the launch of a grassroots movement, spreading positive mental health, wellness, and random acts of kindness. Telling someone they matter can have a greater impact than you may know, which is why the You Matter campaign encourages you to share ‘Care Cards’ with as many people as you can.
Twenty-four year old Emawati is doing something that women in her Indonesian community aren’t usually able to do--follow her creative ambition. In her own words, “I want to become a successful woman, inside and outside of the family.”
For most of my childhood, despite being perfectly healthy and more than happy to eat the delicious food my mother cooked, I was routinely rewarded for finishing everything she served with the at-the-time-exciting-but-in-hindsight-seemingly-meaningless invitation to join the Clean Plate Club (CPC). The words “Great job. You made the Clean Plate Club today” have been permanently etched into my subconscious. And from all the conversations I’ve had about this topic, I’m not the only one. As a kid, I never reflected on the underlying message behind this club, or thought about why it would have come to be in the first place. As a teen, it seemed like an oddity, a habit of mind and speech that my parents continued to display because that’s how they’d always done it. More recently, though, as I’ve delved deeper into the issue of food waste, the Clean Plate Club has taken on new meaning for me, and despite some of the club’s shortcomings, the main message is highly relevant today, perhaps for different reasons than it was initially intended.