Broken Places

broken pieces


The horoscope said “don’t get caught up in the past”
which is what I was doing at the time I read it.

Ruminating over long ago hurts that pop in uninvited and by surprise,
beckoned by ordinary things and six degrees of separation.

The wounds covered with scars , healed unless I scratch the scar to make it bleed the old pain.

Practiced as I am at locking those hurts tight away

sometimes the control slips.

So I stop to breathe and give my head a shake to refocus on the positive.

I gather them up and pack them away.  Stuffing them in a too small box.

Hemingway said “The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places”

In many ways I am stronger at the broken places.    Looking at the past in a positive light I see that the broken places have given me as much or more than they have taken.

In Kintsukuroi, the art of repairing a broken piece of pottery with gold or silver, the repair renders the piece more beautiful in spite of being broken, more beautiful because of the brokenness.

I’ve gained empathy, patience and insight from the brokenness.   I’ve bonded those cracks with these things.



So today, I won’t get caught up in the brokenness but instead on the beauty of the repair.   Good advice horoscope.






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