too many times, we are afraid to step out because the unknown is far more risky than the places we’ve already been. we might think we’re safer, but the truth is safety is an illusion.
i watched the half time show last night of the super bowl, and while i think Katy Perry’s songs are as catchy as the next person, i found myself a little heartbroken inside. all i could think about was the hunger games.
the movies, the books, whatever. if you haven’t read/seen them, you should remedy it immediately. it may be juvenile fiction, but the lessons and metaphors are profound.
last night, katy perry dancing with golden eyeliner and sparkled shoes was not unlike katniss everdeen dressed up before the cameras. the largest human trafficking event of the year happens in the shadows of dancing sharks and defense teams punching the opposition. katniss everdeen eats well at the capital knowing that her family back in district 12 is starving without her to hunt for them.
but most of us gathered around the screens, puppy bowls, nachos, buffalo wings, fed and happy to be hanging out with friends at this traditional display of good ole fashioned american fun.
but what would happen if we cared more about injustice than we did about filling ourselves? what mountains might be moved by our unwillingness to be silent on the devastating realities of our day and time?
martin luther king, jr said “a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
i feel overwhelmed by that thought sometimes. as though i cannot imagine doing enough to make a real difference and so it would be better to do nothing.
which brings me back to the place i started: we cannot imagine what might happen if we step out. we must risk ourselves and our illusions of safety to do what is daring, bold, vulnerable, and probably appears foolish on one level or another.
so, what will i do today? i started with this blog that i am often too afraid to write for fear of upsetting people. next, i will be advocating for my refugee friends who need work and who need champions on their sides.
how about you? what are you willing to risk today?
ps. if you’re unfamiliar with the issue of human trafficking, consider visiting https://secure.enditmovement.com/#enditmovement to learn more and take action.