W-11 // The Story of Living

“I will choose to die to self instead of die to pain.”

For you my loved one, and for the others.

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week.

A Spoken Word for you.

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Today We Remember

Today

We remember

We stop

We pause

We breathe

And remember

We.

Are.

Alive.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. For some this day contains stories of redemption and overcoming. If that is you, I celebrate with you. I rejoice for the story being lived and I would encourage you to tell your story. Let people in on your celebration. For others it reminds them of hurt, and loss, maybe even holes found in their hearts of loved ones lost. If that’s you, know that I am stopping. I am pausing. You are not alone in remembering the people you have held close. Your loved one [whether brother, father, or friend] made an impact on this world and as a friend once said to me, “It might not make the hurt any less painful, but it sure does make it worth it.” You can be a teller of the stories that aren’t your own. You can be a piece in bringing restoration. But the telling can come tomorrow. For today, we choose to remember.

So here is to remembering and seeing what tomorrow has in store.

B

***To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) has a goal of raising $75,000, all of which will go to treatment and recovery. If you would like to find out how you can be involved go here.

The Spirit of Silence

Do you hear that?

Me neither.

Just silence.

False silence.

Because the silence…

It isn’t really there.

It’s actually LOUD.

It’s the secret you’ve been hiding

The pain that you’ve been feeling

The words you want to say

But remain unsaid.

That

Is the spirit of silence you’re clinging to

and

it

hurts.

The secret things

The hidden things

The words that aren’t being said

They hurt.

There is a need.

A need to beat the cultural norm that says SECRETS SAVE PEOPLE

Because they don’t.

In reality they suffocate.

And in the moments when you feel

As if you are drowning

I desire for you the chance

To turn your face in to the wind

Bringing a change of view

And the chance to remember

That you

were made

to breathe.

Today is the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) has a goal of raising $75,000, all of which will go to treatment and recovery. If you would like to find out how you can be involved go here. The theme for this year’s campaign is “We’ll See You Tomorrow” because we each have a vital role to play in this thing called life. I started writing spoken word last March. In that season, I felt like the Lord was calling me to be a voice for the voiceless, to tell stories that go untold. I love people and I love their stories. If you or someone you know has or is struggling with mental illness I wold love to know your story. But more importantly, know that you are valued. You weren’t put here by chance but for a purpose. And I want to see you tomorrow.

So here is to seeing you tomorrow. And the next day.  And the next day. And the day after that.

B

TWLOHA

Do You Ever Dream

Do you ever dream that people in pictures would come to life in your very presence? That words written would be words spoken in truth, not meant to mask the mysteries of things unseen. Do you ever dream of her smile fading, giving way to honest answers of “How are you, really?” That you would be the one she confides in, instead of confiding in herself giving way to the haunted things. Dreams become realities when actions are taken.

This is my action in love, a declaration to your heart my sweet friend. This day was made for you. Live it, as deeply as you can.