Beautifully Broken

Stained glass windows are some of the most beautiful artworks to look at it. There is something about the way the light shines through that is just breath taking. It is quite amazing, because all through you see all the places were the windows were broken and put back together, that is not what you focus on. You see the bright and beautiful colors and design that has been carefully crafted. My friends, we are all beautifully broken. Some of us may just have a few fissures that have healed, other have extensive damage, but we are all are still so beautiful. Our faults, failures, and losses create these, but our friends, faith, family, and most importantly ourselves create the beautiful soul that we possess.

How quickly we become obsessed in changing all the things that we do not like about ourselves, that we do much more harm than good. I am going to look at this from a parent’s perspective first. I have doubts about pretty much all the decisions that I make for my son. I have to use the experiences, feelings, faith, and anything else in my arsenal. As much as I want to keep my kid protected from every tiny thing that could hurt his pride, hurt him emotionally, or psychologically I have to handle the dangerous things for him, but allow him to experience some. This will allow him to understand consequences, but also learn how to pick himself up and keep moving. Some would call this mental toughness, but it is so much more. Each time we make a mistake that upsets us, we create a small crack in our soul. Whether we admit it or not, we have to heal from each one. The best part is that is creates the masterpiece that we each are. Guess what…there is a catch. In order for us to be the best version of ourselves and be able to teach our children self love, we have to love 100% of ourselves! Oh man that is a pretty incredible thought. Does anyone even love 100% percent of themselves? The more I digest that…it seems pretty impossible. Luckily, there is a “cheat code”! As long as we are willing to focus on the positive even when thinking about things that we wish to change we are on our way to success. It is okay to want to work to be a better version, that does not mean you aren’t satisfied, it just means your vision has changed or maybe your situation has changes that require you to evolve.

We as humans are capable of enduring so much, and have been given the ability to adapt. Don’t be consumed with all the negativity and stress that is in your life. Allow the light to shine through, nourish your soul, and see the beautiful masterpiece that you are! No one is whole, and we are not meant to be. Let us all embrace our short comings in our relationships, parenting, and all other aspects of our lives. Once that is achieved we will be beautifully broken together and lifting each other to the next level. Don’t focus on the fissures and scars of your past, but the amazing future that you are creating.

K. Marin

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