Strong at the Broken Places

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Osmosis_63007_bamboopath_1 Bamboo Path at Osmosis. Photo by Jamie Walters.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

(This is an update and re-feature of a post I wrote in 2008, in my previous Engaged Spirituality, Mystic Activism blog. It seemed ripe for re-featuring, given all that I’m hearing (and seeing) from people feeling distressed, confused, overwhelmed, apathetic, and unsure how they might meet the cocktail of challenges swirling.)

There are times when, due to some circumstance or series of events above and beyond the usual life-challenges — often involving some non-negotiable perfect storm, and a deep loss and/or grief of some kind — we get broken open.

Something within us, or something in our lives that we considered ‘unbreakable’ or ‘all-important’ comes crashing down or shatters apart, and we’re brought to our knees. We find ourselves living with the uncertainty of broken…

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