I had to have my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. After the sleepy drug wore off, I had LOTS of time to think. It hit me that, so often, we don't take the time to look up from our daily tasks, to see those around us. we may notice them walking past, but we don't truly see them. I am SO guilty of this.
Recently though, I've been becoming more and more aware of the epidemic of slavery in our world today. Did you know that there is more slavery now than ever before in history?!? Maybe I've just been in the dark over here, but in our "progressive" world, this seems almost impossible. Yet there are so many different forms this is taking at the moment.
Today is the feast of St. John Bosco. He dedicated his life to taking care of young boys and girls, and was nicknamed the "Apostle of Youth." In the 1840's, right as St. John Bosco was ordained a priest, the industrial revolution was in full swing in London. This meant sweat shops, poor wages, child labor...so many of which we still face today. Fr. Bosco felt the calling of God to take care of these children. He created an "oratory," which eventually formed into an orphanage and a trade school. Talk about investing in the lives of those around him!
The more I've listened and researched, the more I've felt the call to do something. With just a little searching(google knows all,) and with a HUGE amount of inspiration from Simply Liv and Co (check her out by clicking on her name there...seriously, she has some awesome info gathered,) I've decided that the first step for me, is to try to buy more clothing from ethical companies. It's not that easy to cut off my beloved J.C. Penney...and ethical shopping is a bit more expensive, which can be really tough. But in my experience, the harder it is, the more worth it.
I look around my closet and see so many throwaway pieces. I don't want it to be filled with things I couldn't care less about! I want to know that someone was paid a fair wage to make it. I want to know that it's an individual piece, something I can be proud to wear.
As a woman, I have a distinct call, and so do you. To care for those around us. To be outward facing, and nurturing. This, like with anything, will be a baby steps transition. But I'm excited to become more conscious of my choices, and even more excited to share it with y'all. I will be continuing to search for ways I can help in addition to being a mindful consumer, and I hope you'll join! I think Fr. Bosco would approve.