Posts tagged TWLOHA
Posts tagged TWLOHA
What is TWLOHA, Really?
In today’s society, it seems like non-profit awareness is all the rage. People want to feel good about being involved in any type of “cause” with which they find appealing. To me, TWLOHA isn’t so much a cause as much as it is a movement of people. What’s the difference? A cause is a particular issue that a particular group is orchestrated around and something that people give money too for a tax deduction. Human Trafficking, HIV/AIDS, Clean Water, Education…. These are all great causes. Having a “cause” to fight for isn’t a bad thing at all. Having a “cause” is great and I am grateful for the scores of young people who are dedicated to standing up in the name of injustice everywhere. But the way I see it, To Write Love On Her Arms isn’t so much of a cause, because To Write Love isn’t just a group of 10 - 20 people in Orlando working to help those struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, or suicide who receive donations from strangers. To Write Love is more than that. Anyone who has been moved by Renee’s story of transformation and has resonated with the vision of hope and healing is To Write Love. Anyone who is willing to sit with those who hurt and be their family when they don’t have one is To Write Love. To Write Love is anyone who believes that there is something bigger than the temporary thrills a consumerist society throws our way. To Write Love is anyone who is overcoming the pain of addiction, self-injury, depression. To Write Love On Her Arms isn’t just a cause to give money to, it’s a movement of people who live and breathe a message of hope and healing. When you are with someone in that pain and mess of life, that is To Write Love. When a friend calls, texts, Skype’s, IM’s you at midnight at their last straw, and you talk for what seems like hours and offer them healing, that is To Write Love On Her Arms. When you sit down to share a meal with an old friend and talk and laugh about memories past, that is To Write Love. To Write Love On Her Arms began with the story of Renee Yohe’s transformation, but it certainly doesn’t stop there. It’s so much bigger. To Write Love On Her Arms is relationships. It’s community. It’s pain and vulnerability. It’s forgiveness. It’s “moving for things that matter.” It’s “being the rescue.”
At the end of the day, we may go to work or school, come home and talk with a relative/friend/spouse/significant other, share a meal, a pint, or coffee with someone. And at the end of the day, all of these things must involve one thing. Our hearts. And when our hearts are united around grace, hope, peace, love, and joy, that is when WE ARE TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS.