Let this be my last word, that I trust in your love. – Rabindranath Tagore
For many of us, sometime in our childhoods certain words defined who we thought we were. Words like stupid, incompetent, lazy, ugly and worthless cut deep, painful holes into our souls. I know because words like these cut holes into me, too.
When I was six years old, I had to start wearing eyeglasses. The words I heard then can still haunt me today. Words like:
- Four eyes
- Momma’s boy
It’s no secret the motivating factor for getting LASIK eye surgery was to wipe these words away for good. But I think what I really did was just tuck them under a safer layer so their viciousness wouldn’t be as painful.
It’s also no secret that a motivating factor for becoming a writer is to give myself the opportunity to say the words I was too afraid to say as a young boy.
As adults, we can find new words that won’t have the last say over our lives. With this awareness also comes a choice: Do we dare say these words or not?
I plan to say these new words to everyone I know. I plan to write these words every chance I get and I will shout these new words from the rooftop so there’s no misunderstanding that these words are the words of who I say I am now.
New words, like…
…are words that reach under that layer and provide healing for my wounded soul.
The Last Say
Like you, I can’t go back in time and prevent the painful words from being said. Nor can I erase their impact or make the bullies take their words back. These words belong to the past and to the people who spoke them.
These words won’t have the last say about me. The last say comes down to one simple word, love.
I will love myself a little more each day. I will give love to the weak and to the powerless; I will extend love to those who work against me; and I will show love for each day I’m given.
Love will walk with me; it will watch over me and love will ground me when I’m tempted, angry or anxious.
Love will be my savior and my best friend. It will continue to teach me about happiness, gratitude and joy. Love will silence my doubt and it will protect my forgiving, healing heart from further damage.
But more than anything, love gives me the courage to realize that I get to have the last say over my life.
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