Sometimes I crawl into bed at night after a long day of researching, writing, interviewing, or speaking about human trafficking, ready to close my eyes and let my dreams take me to a place where thoughts of injustice, or fundraising, or a full email inbox cannot reach me. A little while ago as my head hit the pillow, Jay asked me what I had been working on so late at night.
“Oh, I was just working on Hope for the Sold,” I replied as my eyes closed.
I was just working on Hope for the Sold. Sometimes I forget that the name “Hope for the Sold” describes the very thing we are pursuing. Hope for those who are being sold, exploited, and abused. Hope for better prevention so that people are never sold in the first place. Hope that we can inspire compassion and changed hearts.
I must remind myself that Hope for the Sold is not simply the name of our organization, but our motto, our goal, our cheer. When my head hits the pillow and I should say, “I was
just working on Hope for the Sold.” The word “just” implies that Hope for the Sold is simply a pet project, or an ordinary activity akin to brushing my teeth. It is not. My dream is for there to be hope for the sold. And effective prevention for the would-be sold.
“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
While success for me goes beyond this, it is a good starting point. If we impact the life of one person through the work we are doing, this is all worth it.
What is your goal? What is your motto? When you crash into bed every night, what do you want to be exhausted from?
**We begin filming our documentary on prostitution, sex trafficking, and preventative models that reduce sexual exploitation in 17 days. Find out more about this project and how you can help HERE.