Just So Damn Thankful

I’ve been struggling with how to write this next post for  a long while now.  Partly because I was traveling and my schedule didn’t allow much for alone-time-blogging, partly because I just can’t quit figure out how to put into words my immense gratitude.

Why me? Not, “Why did all this evil happen to me?” but “Why have I been spared from so much?”  Why do I get my dreams, when so many other girls like me gotten FAR less?  I work for a non-profit and get to spend full time days fighting trafficking… I don’t think I’ve mentioned that before.  (This blog isn’t part of my job mind you, it’s just for me and you.)  Maybe it’s survivor’s guilt, maybe it’s that I still don’t have the best view of myself, but I just can’t get over how damn lucky– nah, don’t believe in luck– how damn blessed I am.

I get to wake up every morning and choose to believe that my story, my experience, my work will make a difference.  I have the best job in the world…

There are a lot of people with stories of abuse who are making a positive difference in the world today.  I’d love to know the percentage of doctors, counselors, detention center workers, and school teachers who are in the jobs they’re in because of a wounded part of their past and a desire to make something good of it.  Redemption is a heavy motivator.

A common thing I tell people when I’m speaking is that we can all do something.  I don’t care what your past is, tragic or smooth, we all have gifts and a part to play in the betterment of our community’s future.  We all have a circle of influence that we can step into.  What’s yours?

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 4/18/12)

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  1. Nik

     /  May 14, 2012

    There are so many who would envy your position, and hope for similar change in their own lives. What they don’t realize is that hope through faith, and prayer, are on their side. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). You’ve found that faith which led to prayer which led to hope. Do your utmost best to share that message with others for you are truly a blessing.

    I’m sure you’ll feel the question I’m about to ask as being inappropiate, actually I do as well but I’m impulsive, and old, so I give myself some leeway. Do you ever speak on the U.S. West Coast? Somewhere around the Great Northwest Coast, as in Seattle Wa.

    I’d like to hear you speak, even without introducing myself, and I’m sure my wife would as well. Actually I know of a few people who I’ve told your story to who I think would be interested. Our Mission Team at church is looking into becoming involved with the anti-trafficking movement.

    I’ll make no apologies for the request I just made therefore you don’t have to feel anything in particular for not answering.

    By the way, I’m keeping my eyes open for your artcy Friday’s for I would like to make contributions from time to time. All to say, niether you or your request are forgotten.

  2. “I don’t care what your past is, tragic or smooth, we all have gifts and a part to play in the betterment of our community’s future.” — Ypu are spot on with this statment. Thank you for all you do.

  3. There’s a Mother Teresa quote that I love, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Looking at all of the work that needs to be done before trafficking can be ended is overwelming, but we, all of us, can do one thing and put one foot in front of the other. Thanks for sharing.


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