In our culture, there seems to be an obsession with being cavalier. With saving face and never looking the fool. But– in our desire to never “lose”– we end up missing love.
The letter below, written by Lauren Jarvis-Gibson, implores the reader to “Be The One Who Stays.” Take the risk, fight through the hurt, be honest… fall in love. In our culture of apathy and obsession with “strength,” it’s something we all need to hear. Check it out.
Be the one who stays. The one who doesn’t feel the need to lie. To roll the dice. To play the game. Be the kind of person that means what they say. Be the kind of person who doesn’t go.
Be the one who decides to fight. Who decides to fight through the hurt. Who decides to plant your feet firmly on the ground, and chooses to not get knocked down. Who chooses to jump over the obstacles, and to climb through all the challenges. No matter how high they may become.
Be the kind of person who fights for what’s right in the world. Who throws your fists in the air and believes in a better life. Be the one who doesn’t give up when things go wrong. Who doesn’t break the hearts of people just for fun. Be the one who tries to always do the right thing. And be the one to own up to your mistakes.
Be the one who doesn’t turn away. Who doesn’t leave when things get rocky. Who fights for the people you love. Be the one who chooses love over hate. Who doesn’t take love for granted. Who isn’t so afraid of loving someone.
Be the kind of person who doesn’t run from good things.
Be the kind of person that recognizes love when it comes your way. Who chooses not to run the other direction in fear of getting run over. Be the one to greet love in a warm hug and be the kind of person to never take advantage of it.
Be the one who kisses other lips with kindness. Who speaks with honesty and sees with bright eyes. Be the one who doesn’t question the power of love. Who doesn’t ever question the power of hearts.
Be the kind of person who has a gentle soul. Who makes time for your family and your friends. Who doesn’t ignore the important people in your life. Who greets the ones you love with softened eyes and an open heart. Be the one who doesn’t react coldly. Who never spits venom on the people who cradle your heart. Be the kind of person who never wrongs the people who lift you up.
Be the one who doesn’t shut out good. Who shows up for the people that trust you. Be the kind of person who doesn’t disappoint her or him or them. Be the one to follow through.
Be the kind of person who never leaves the ones who hold your heart. Be the one to stay. No matter how rough the current flows. No matter how high the mountain top can grow. Be the one to stay. The one to not run from love. Be the one to never turn away.
Be the kind of person who knows that love only comes around once in a while. Be the kind of person who knows that you would have to be a fool to run from love. Don’t be a fool.
Share these beautiful words today.