Recently, Charli and I went to a meeting for advocates with Destiny Rescue. It was fabulous to meet more DR staff and to meet other advocates who share the same passion for the cause as we do.
One of the speakers spoke about congruency and the absolute need for it in our lives.
Essentially, what that looks like is alignment – meaning that all the parts of us line up. So, in other words, what we say, what we do and who we are, are all in one accord.
That can be a challenge, as to live a congruent life means we live an authentic life, a life where the same thread runs through every aspect of our days.
Have you ever seen someone you know from a distance in a setting where you don’t normally see them and been surprised by their behaviour or attitude? I have. And I have probably been seen by other people too!
And we have all met and even been at some stage, the ‘gonna’ person – I’m gonna get a degree and do_______! I’m gonna give more to worthy causes. I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that. All talk and no action equals non congruency.
For me, having this blog and my column in our publications helps keep me congruent. I can’t write about love, grace and forgiveness and then not live that way. Or make statements about actions I’m going to take and then not follow through on them.
I can’t allow my online presence and my real life to not be in sync.
I think there comes a time, dare I say, as we get older, when living congruently comes more easily. Maybe it’s a mixture of feeling like you don’t have as much time as you did before, being more aware of our mortality and the uncertainty of life, coupled with less care for what other people think of us.
Coming back from Thailand has definitely caused me to not ‘beat around the bush’ any more. I don’t have time to waste on things that don’t line up with the centre of my life. I want to say what I mean and mean what I say.
And I want my heart to rule every other thing in my life. And right now, my heart is constantly aware that every 26 seconds another child somewhere in the world is sold into the sex slave industry.
So in the 42 minutes it’s been since I sat down to write this blog post, 96 children have been sold.
96 children just like yours and mine
5 year olds, 6 year olds, teenagers…all robbed of a normal childhood.
So, yes, I will try to live congruently because these precious children deserve a new life.
And if my actions match up with my words, I might just help some of them.
There are so many many ways we can help. Ways that don’t take too much time or too much money…but even if it did – how much would you give to rescue your child, your sister, your niece?