This has been a hard day in some ways. I woke extraordinarily tired. I dragged myself to work feeling like I had the heaviest bags under my eyes. Planning a, perhaps, much needed sick day next week for a (really, not made up) doctors appointment so I can have a day of rest.
It turned into a fantastic day. I found compliment and questions easy to answer and students as well as colleagues supportive AND interested. People sought me out to “see today’s dress”, asking me if I had 31 dresses, how Blythe could wear the same dress for 31 days, & what is this for again?
I found myself wanting to talk about it, shout it from the rooftops, people in the world are enslaved we have to DO SOMETHING! There is pain larger than we could imagine happening in the world and those of us who choose to recognize it are working to make change.
Then I heard that Pope Francis will make a speech on World Peace Day in 2015 with regard to slavery & I saw a video of Gary Haugen.
My inspiration grew as the day went on and I found I wasn’t so tired any more. I was energized. I socialized with co-workers after school. I helped students in study hall. I came home with my son and did homework. I went to band practice with the praise band for my church. And now here it is almost 11:00 and I am not tired! I know I should go to bed, and I will soon enough. I am energized enough that I don’t want to but I will.
I have found that when I am down and “don’t wanna” I just NEED TO! If I don’t want to get up in the morning I need to get up. If I don’t want to go to small group I just need to go. If I don’t want to talk about my blog I just need to talk about my blog. I need to get over the “don’t wannas” because when I do I find myself supported. I find that things aren’t as bad as they may have previously seemed.
I was really concerned about other people’s perceptions (I won’t lie I still am sometimes) and how they would react when I told them why I was doing this benefit. I know it is only day 4 but, with each day I am growing more and more confident that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing at the right time in my life. I am grateful to have the choice to wear a dress everyday if I want to as a statement of solidarity for others in the world who have no choices what so ever.
If you feel so inclined to help the cause check out my donation site or IJM to see how you can donate financially or with your time. Prayer is also always a welcome donation. As I am going through this I know there are people praying about this event and the awareness it is raising around the world. So even if you can financially or physically do anything you CAN PRAY!