"Ring the bells that still can ring
forget your perfect offering
there is a crack in everything
that's how the light gets in."
The quote reminded me of a discussion I once had with my friend, Father Rusty. We were talking about brokenness of humanity, and how society often dictates that we have to hide our broken nature, that we must keep our faults hidden so that we won't be judged or looked down upon by others. That we must cover up our differences, our frailties, our sorrows for fear of being seen as weak.
I know that in the past I've felt pressure to hide the fact that sometimes math gives me issues, that I've lived with migraines, or that I went through post traumatic stress disorder after my son was born. It's as if we fear that getting labeled as having a "problem," will somehow own us, define us, and limit our future.
Instead, it's these unique aspects of ourselves, these different experiences, these hardships that we have overcome that give us strength and dimension.
Just as it is the cracks in a wall that light shines through to create beautiful patterns of sunlight in a courtyard.
Without our broken-ness, we would miss some of the depth of our own beauty.
And it is the holes in a lantern that allow us to see the light radiating from the center.
Without the nicks in life's armor, we would not be able to shine the light of experience for others.
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