Thursday, August 11, 2011

Causes: TWLOHA

In between talking about pie and banjos I thought that I would spotlight different causes and organizations that I support. In a perfect world everyone would be happy all the time, flowers and food and rainbows would be everywhere. But we don’t live in that world yet, and a great deal about being human, in my opinion, is how we choose to deal with the imperfectness within ourselves, others and our world. Often times, with this hippie heart of mine, I want to help and better and aid but have no idea where or even how to start. Then I will meet an individual or come across a group that inspires me.  It is nice know that there are people out there that are willing to act when it is would be easier just to ignore the unpleasantness around.  Love and change are movements, not singular actions, it is a lot easier to get things going when there are more hands pushing.  If you know of any groups or organizations that you think I would be interested in, please pass them along.

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)  is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. In describing their vision as an organization they wrote on their website:

The vision is that we actually believe these things…
You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you're part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.

One of their recent projects is called Fears and Dreams. It is a simple concept, they ask people to write down their fears and dreams. In essence answering these two little questions, you are telling your story, maybe not the story that you are telling the rest of the world, but the story that you know in your heart to be true.  Recently a group of TWLOHA staff and supporters, including founder Jamie Tworkowski and photographer Jeremy Cowart, took a road trip from Nashville to Los Angles. Along the way they stopped and talked to people, random people walking down the street, at tourist locations about their fears and dreams.  Take a minute to watch the video about the road trip below. It was interesting to me that many, if not most of both the fears and dreams had to do with love. On the fear side it was the lack of the love, being alone, unwanted, not good enough, a failure. On the dream side it was the sharing of love, wanting a family, wanted to help other people, wanting be loved.

Love is also a term that is used so much that all definitions seem to be so trite and lacking.  It seems to be at the heart of the human condition, but almost impossible to completely and adequately define.

Fears vs Dreams Road Trip. from To Write Love on Her Arms. on Vimeo.

I won’t ask you for your fears and dreams, obviously because I am not sharing mine, but take the time to think about them, admit to them, say them out loud. Be brave to own them.

To find out more information about TWLOHA or how to follow them on Facebook or twitter, visit their website.

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