Above all else, I have decided to “stick with love.” This is not always the easy choice, in fact it requires me to go beyond myself and my needs, to extend grace, compassion, and mercy to others whether or not they deserve it. But I have found that I am unable to live any other way. I was made for love, I was made to love.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. –
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I used to think that it would be better if I could learn how to hate, if I could just find a way to toughen up and give people what they “deserve.” No matter how hard I have tried to “toughen up,” I have never ever been able to. What I have found though, is an assurance and a peace that softens the blows that life likes to throw my way from time to time.
I am assured of this … Everything, every good, bad, great, terrible, frustrating, exhilarating, experience has a purpose and a reason. Most often, I will not understand or be able to accept the reason when I am dealing with pain or lost in confusion. However, I have learned to dig deep and hold on because at the end of my life, I want to look back and know without a doubt, that I lived a life of love. That will be enough, that will be more than enough to fill in the cracks and crevices of a heart well spent and a life well lived.
Love is not warm and fuzzy or sweet and sticky. Real love is tough as nails.
It’s having your heart ripped out, putting it back together and the next day,
Offering it back to the same world that just tore it up.
It’s running toward pain and grief and brokenness instead of away from it.
It’s turning the other cheek ‘til you get whiplash.
It’s resisting the overwhelming desire to quit, to save yourself for yourself.
– Glennon Doyle Melton
A life without love is really no life after all … I choose to embrace the good and the bad, the joy and the pain, the beauty and the brokenness and Live Alive.