Although I would like to consider myself an intelligent, informed individual, I have realized lately that many days go by where I don’t give a [serious] thought to things that don’t affect me. Me. Personally.
This is not to say that it is even possible for a human being to be completely selfless, but a lot of us have a long journey to embark upon.
As a part of the Beza Threads team, I’ve started a journey that I recently [just now, actually] coined the ‘Tri-I.’ It starts in Ignorance, winds its way through Idealism, and lingers a while around the Cape of Initiative. Bear with me.
Ignorance wears many hats. It doesn’t—or rather shouldn’t—always come with a negative connotation or be confused with the adjective ‘stupid.’ In definition, ignorant means ‘lacking knowledge or training; lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact.’
Prior to my involvement with Beza Threads, I had little to no interaction with sex slavery. I didn’t know how many women and children were involved against their will, or under the guise of making a better life for their families. I didn’t know that it existed to the level that it does in the United States. In our state.
This brings me to the Di-I:
I’ve been charged with this one my entire life. People describe it as ‘pie in the sky,’ ‘head in the clouds,’ or any other appendage and/or dessert in the atmosphere. Your choice. In actuality, it is defined as ‘the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc.’ I deem it as head in the sky with firm footing on the ground.
I would venture to guess that if you’re reading this blog, you have, at one point in your life uttered the statement ‘I want to make a difference.’ This doesn’t have to mean an all-encompassing global impact, but leaving your mark on your actually, very small, corner of the world.
The fact that a small group of inspired individuals—idealists I might add—are touching lives in Ethiopia, is incredible.
Last, but not least, the Tri of the I’s:
in·i·ti·a·tive [ih-nish-ee-uh-tiv, ih-nish-uh-]
Let’s cut to the chase. Initiative is ‘an introductory act or step; leading action; readiness and ability in initiating action.’
Initiative is the identification of ignorance and the embracing of idealism. It is seeing women and children in the streets of Ethiopia, who most just walk by, and having a heart for them. It is bringing that very real struggle back to Des Moines, Iowa and trying to get others involved in the fight.
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