Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken…
“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes
Huge broken boulders found at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California
The word “Broken” covers a lot of ground; some good, like breaking ground for a new building, breaking champagne on a new ship, or breaking a wrapped glass at a wedding ceremony, and some not so good; like broken hearts, broken promises, broken bones, or that 7 year bad luck that comes from breaking a mirror. Yet, we must go through our broken moments with fortitude and the belief that our ups and downs will strengthen us and make us whole. Those with a pessimistic outlook might see only the brokenness that results from unpleasant events, and those with an optimistic bent might understand that for every thing we break, there is an opportunity for renewal, for rebirth, for a kindling of new love. We need hope for both.
“Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul, if either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas…” Kahlil Gibran
Deer in backyard, nosing around broken tree branch and planters for food in the winter.
Art work at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Caen, France
The items I have picked for this exercise represent visual things that are broken… and that is the easy part. What we don’t often show or find hard to share are those moments of brokenness that are sad; that seem irreparable. So as I share my pictures with you for this assignment on our Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken, I keep a few close to my heart, the unseen, the unspoken, the untouched, the images of brokenness that are not shown here… What are your representations? What do/did you share?
“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” Albert Camus
A broken swing/recliner set sitting idly…
Flexibility is a gift and many of us don’t have it… We come into our adult years with fixed ideas of how things should/shouldn’t be. We carry our expectations into our relationships, our workplaces, and our every day transactions with others, and we expect the outcomes to favor us. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t… and that is a good thing. Inflexibility creates rigidity and demagoguery… Neither are good for our health or soul. A little brokenness reminds us of our humanity and gives us, hopefully, compassion towards others… and that too is a good thing. What are your thoughts? What broken things did you showcase? Did you have a difficult time with this exercise? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken
Positive Motivation Tip: When you find your path or heart broken, pick up the pieces and offer them skyward… Grace waits to collect and mend them.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.