I woke up to a text message from a friend who said he felt like a failure.
It’s the same word I had played over and over in my head the previous day.
A word that cuts like a freshly sharpened knife leaving us to think we are nothing more than a burden.
It sounds definitive and defining, hitting our ears with a crash as we wait for the eventual collapse.
A word of weight that we wear like a tattooed name tag on our heart and mind.
A loud lie dressed as the truth.
An attack on our identity, purpose, and hope.
Failure finds us at our worst and invites us to remain at the bottom alone; to sink further from the truth.
But we cannot and should not and we will not let failure get the final say.
And that’s why we need each other.
We need each other to cross out the lies and together write in the truth in a place where we can read it day after day.
Because you are not a failure.
If this word finds you today …
May you not forget about grace.
May you not forget about hope.
May you not forget to speak the truth to the face of the lies.
Failure does not get final say.
Grace gets the final say.
Hope gets the final say.
Truth gets the final say.
You are not a failure.
And you are not a burden.
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Tanner Olson is a writer, speaker, poet, spoken-word artist, & creator of Written to Speak.
He created Written to Speak to share hope & announce love.