I began writing this article on June 26th. It had the title, “Daydreamer.” It was a recount of my 4th grade teacher’s remarks on how I was “A bit of a daydreamer.” I'd written about how this comment meant for my bad, turned out for my good. As the week went on, I had an emotional relapse preventing me from actually sending the work. I came face to face with many of my past phobias and negativity. After a while, I calmed down long enough to realize that this wasn't the way. This wasn't my life. I used my writing to climb out and started a journal. As I came to terms with what I was fighting within me, I watched the world. I didn't know what to say. I watched as we lost beautiful souls. I watched as we mourned. I watched as people were praised for saying words and I watched as people were shamed for saying words. I watched as shame and praise were taken to extents beyond their users own comprehension. People were sharing information, correct and incorrect. I didn't know what or where to speak. Are my words needed? Am I emotionally strong enough to contribute to this world? Is it worth saying something if I can't do anything? CAN I DO SOMETHING?
So I'll speak now.
To warn those who know, may not know, and refuse to know, hate is real. Hate is dressed in fear. It is the lack of understanding and willingness of ignorance. It consumes all aspects of a person and leaves a trail of ruin. Hate doesn't care what you look like or whether or not you fit “set standards”. It has no interest in your position or income. Hate wants destruction. It doesn't care what it causes, who it victimized, or who it kills. It is unjust, unrighteous, and unwanted. Now that you know, declare love.
Rest in glory to the lives lost in the recent past and each year before. Rest in peace of mind to their families. Rest in love to each individual with breath in their body. Once you are rejuvenated in love, declare it. Every second that you inhale and exhale, declare love. Every time you feel your heart beating, declare love. Every time you open your eyes, hear a sound, or feel something, declare love.
Choose love. Declare love. Win.
Love is the only sustaining, beneficial, and effective defense against hate. Love is the only thing that will last. It is everything that it's written to be in 1Corinthians 13:4-8. It is a promise against evil. Focus on love because it gives you strength, peace, and actual power. Love is aware that we are suffering and it is here for us to take up and share. Take a moment to remember the times that love pulled you through your struggle. Then step outside of your struggle, into someone else's, and give them love! On a personal level of witnessing love, it has been an inspiration. To feel and understand what love has done within me is incredible: bringing me into this world, covering me through times of torment, and allowing me to share with you. Choose to love because we all need it. We need it in our loss, our gain, and especially in our battle. Thank you to the protesters and others who are taking a stand to ensure that every life truly matters. Love is the necessity. Let it root in your heart, mind, and actions. Make it a point to do something kind every day. Take a moment to gain understanding before speaking. If you feel yourself responding in an angry manner, stop and think: “How can I say this in a way that helps someone understand and makes a difference?” Right now, the inhabitants of this earth are suffering and we need love. People make posts and share photos that talk about how we need love. Now that we've written it and posted it, we need to show it. “Write the vision and make it plain!” Take action in love and spread it like air.
Sending out positive vibes, I encourage you as an individual to find love in your heart and then come together to give love. If we are ALL giving love, we are ALL in the position of receiving it. It begins with you!