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“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN - Mug and Vase

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN – Mug and Vase

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN -  Vase

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN – Vase

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string.George Dennison Prentice

I chose these two items because they were treasured items; one was a wedding gift from a good family friend and the other a purchase from a cherished event. When they broke, I kept them. Of course, in retrospect, I could have tossed them or bought some putty to fix the pieces but I didn’t. Sometimes, we hold onto broken things because they capture a moment, a memory, a painful or joyful time… We can still see beauty in broken things… Just look and remember the memories attached.

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN - Mug

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN – Mug

The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed. Charlotte Bronte

That mug came from the Omega Conference for women… It was held in NYC and I met so many wonderful people. When it broke, I packed the 2nd one away and now I wonder if I should use it as a mini planter. The message on the mug is an important reminder to care for self.
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“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” Warren Buffett

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN -  Vase

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN – Vase

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN - Mug and Vase

Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN – Mug and Vase

A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. Joseph Hall

I don’t know about you, but I do see beauty in broken things. We all have something that has been broken… It is not always obvious and even when we think we’ll never recover from it, we do…What do these say to you?

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:ย Weekly Photo Challenge: BROKEN For this challenge, capture something broken: an old window, a vintage sign, a toy never fixed, a contemplative friend. Or go deeper: find beauty in something broken.

positive Motivation Tip: We can still see beauty in broken things… Just look and remember the memories attached.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photo ofB.B.King via Wikipedia. All other Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Timeโ€ฆ
Ask. Believe. Receive. ยฉ
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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  1. 22/05/2015 12:58 pm

    Great quote from Chekhov, too!

  2. Julia permalink
    22/05/2015 1:06 pm

    Interesting interpretation:)

  3. 22/05/2015 1:35 pm

    Perfect for today’s prompt and wise too ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • 25/05/2015 10:52 am

      Thank you Andy… your wisdom is always appreciated… Stopping by soon to catch up on your artistic endeavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 22/05/2015 1:50 pm

    “No word of kindness is ever spoken in vain.”
    That is one of the most beautiful sentences. Thank you for a wonderful post, Eliz. You never disappoint. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Robin Masshole mommy permalink
    22/05/2015 3:36 pm

    I can definitely see beauty found in things that are broken. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  6. 22/05/2015 3:42 pm

    I have a few broken things that I’ve kept on to because of what they meant to me when they were whole. I do sometimes see beauty in broken things but I do however prefer them whole. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 22/05/2015 5:06 pm

    Lucky you saved those…. I would’ve been hard pressed to find something broken around here. I am a thrower-outer-extraordinaire.

    • 25/05/2015 10:49 am

      Hahaha!! I throw some and keep some. These are in that pretty shade of blue most of us love. Plus, they have sentimental value or they would have been tossed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. 22/05/2015 5:51 pm

    This is so true…there is beauty is things that are broken or damaged. Love the analogy.

  9. Jeanine permalink
    22/05/2015 5:54 pm

    What a great choice for broken. I wouldnโ€™t think to use this, but it really speaks volumes and works well. I see beauty in broken too. A lot.

  10. Dawn McAlexander Crawford permalink
    22/05/2015 6:16 pm

    I hate it when I break something that is a treasured gift! I have done that on more than one occasion. It’s not the fact that I broke it, it’s the fact that it can’t be replaced!

  11. mrenkema79 permalink
    22/05/2015 6:32 pm

    Great pictures! I love the blues! I always try so hard to find beauty in the brokenness!

  12. Milosz Zak permalink
    22/05/2015 7:25 pm

    I know some very good glue that could restore them. I of course understand your message, but I think that some things could also gain an added meaning and worth if you make an effort to restore them.

  13. Mia Foo permalink
    22/05/2015 7:28 pm

    I’m hardly the artsy sort of person and so it’s hard for me to appreciate such abstract beauty of broken things. I take a practical view towards such items, especially for mugs and vases (glass, ceramic wares). when broken, it’s not safe to keep them anymore. we can easily cut our fingers on the sharp edges of the broken corner/pieces. For me, things (or even relationships) are broken for a good reason. we should not hang on to broken things. throw them out, and move on.

  14. 3sonshavei permalink
    22/05/2015 8:45 pm

    Crushed up would make a great glass art or mix in rock

  15. upliftingfam permalink
    22/05/2015 9:25 pm

    The broken vase not only has memories attached but it reminds me of our own lives. We often are broken and have flaws but God uses them to build our character.

  16. Heather permalink
    22/05/2015 10:04 pm

    I like the broken vase. I think a weekly photo challenge sounds pretty neat. I might have to get involved.

  17. Seng permalink
    22/05/2015 10:06 pm

    Weekly photo challenges are so fun!! You captured the theme of broken really well!!!

  18. Liz Mays permalink
    22/05/2015 10:08 pm

    I keep my broken Christmas ornaments too. I just can’t bear to let the associated memories possibly be forgotten.

  19. Lois Jones permalink
    22/05/2015 11:57 pm

    Beautiful photos and some very good thoughts!

  20. Fernando Ceballos Lachica permalink
    23/05/2015 1:57 am

    Any material things or not, once it’s broken, fixing it up according to your ways, the scar still remains. Because, life is a continuous processes of fixing broken and unbroken pieces.

  21. Tiffany Yong permalink
    23/05/2015 2:11 am

    Awww… that’s sweet. I keep all the gifts my ex gave me that were broken over time in a bottle. One day, when I will bury them or throw them away as a form of ceremonial goodbye!

  22. Jason Panuelos permalink
    23/05/2015 2:17 am

    The concept of being broken is definitely all about how you make of it. It can always be a chance to become stronger!

  23. Shabby Chic Boho permalink
    23/05/2015 3:41 am

    You’ve made art out of your broken treasures but I’m sure you felt bad when they were broken. What a great inspiration topic: broken. There is still beauty in broken things.

  24. Beth@FrugalFroggie permalink
    23/05/2015 5:56 am

    You have a great website. Thanks for sharing.

  25. 23/05/2015 6:16 am

    These photos were all very artistically taken, it made me forget about the whole theme of being broken haha. The word broken always remind me of a person in his dark hour and also reminds me that Jesus is the one who truly heal broken hearts and people and make them whole again. To me, that’s the beauty of being broken, it’s an opportunity for God to reach out to us and show His love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. R U S S permalink
    23/05/2015 7:22 am

    I see beauty in broken things, too. It reminds me of how nothing is permanent in this world. As messy as it gets, some don’t recover from being broken but it doesn’t have to be that way because it may be a blessing in disguise. The things, people that make us broken should probably not be in our lives but I believe that there’s a purpose why they had to do that. It’s all just a matter of attitude if we choose to let this destroy us or make us stronger.

  27. Raquel permalink
    23/05/2015 8:33 am

    The pictures are very apt with the quotes you placed here. Like you, I also see beauty in broken things. Sometimes things have to break before we appreciate its true essence.

  28. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    23/05/2015 8:43 am

    I think the pieces retained their beauty despite being broken. Lovely photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. R U S S permalink
    23/05/2015 9:20 am

    No one is entirely shielded from being broken but the reality of it is not-so-ugly. What makes it beautiful is how we become better versions of ourselves when we get past that moment of breaking.

  30. Carly Brydon Anderson permalink
    23/05/2015 11:44 am

    I think just because you’re broken now, doesn’t mean you always will be. I see beauty in broken things, just like you.

  31. sriches permalink
    23/05/2015 12:22 pm

    Such a shame about the vase, so very pretty! Love the way in which you have arranged the items and images taken! Fit perfectly with the post. Sim x

  32. Mhie Lee permalink
    23/05/2015 2:41 pm

    Wow! the article is so inspiring. Though I don’t kept the gifts once it’s broken I throw it away.Broken has its own beauty once we see it, you can appreciate those things.

  33. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    23/05/2015 3:37 pm

    Pretty pieces like these, I don’t throw away even though they are broken, I try to fix them with super glue.

  34. Nova permalink
    23/05/2015 3:50 pm

    having a sentimental value of the things we truly cherish sometimes so hard to let go, we do choose to keep them inspite of the fact that we don’t have a way of using them, just because it meant so much for us.

  35. Laura O'Neill permalink
    23/05/2015 5:34 pm

    Wonderful post! Funny how we tend to hold onto things that are broken, but remind us of important times in our lives.

  36. CourtneyLynne permalink
    23/05/2015 7:04 pm

    broken doesn’t have to be a bad thing! I feel like we all have to be alittle bit broken so we can grow! We learn from our experiences, good or bad!

  37. 23/05/2015 7:29 pm

    We look at things differently and I believe those who find the beauty of broken things are optimistic. I have had broken items in my cabinet and I don’t repair them too because when I do, I feel like it’s not the same thing anymore.

  38. Karen of MrsLookingGood permalink
    24/05/2015 12:11 am

    Very nice photo challenge and I can see it can be interpreted in so many ways. We are all worthy and beatiful despite our flaws, like being broken. That’s what makes us interesting and unique.

    • Karen of MrsLookingGood permalink
      24/05/2015 10:28 am

      I also understand you when you decided to keep the broken wedding gift. It really is hard to part with things that have a lot of sentimental value to us. But now I’m learning to let go of more stuff (not necessarily broken) and just keep the memories with me.

  39. Fred permalink
    24/05/2015 1:32 am

    Very very artistic photographs of broken items. It is a sad picture. But you can also see that it can be repaired. It may be scarred, but it can still be whole. = Fred

  40. Ling Tan permalink
    24/05/2015 2:15 am

    what an interesting theme. I too see beauty in broken things… but admittedly it’s usually the memories and sentiments associated, that we hang on to.

  41. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    24/05/2015 3:10 am

    Those are precious broken things that reminds not only you but all of us that broken or lost things do have value if that thing once made us happy.

  42. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    24/05/2015 3:52 am

    Good thing we have preserved many of our wedding gifts. But , it saddened me to see broken things that has good memories embedded on it.

  43. Loudthinkin permalink
    24/05/2015 5:27 am

    I think you did a great job for the challenge this week. Love the photos and the concept you have used. I too have a tendency to hold on to things which I am attached to and which got damaged accidently. I don’t know know if I appreciate the beauty of the broken product but the sentimental value of the thing is too much to give it up.

  44. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    24/05/2015 5:29 am

    These photos are making me to think beyond just a broken piece of a cup or a jug and it has a hidden message with them. I can relate them to anything with flaws but yet can looks so wonderful and has some hidden qualities.

  45. beckysbestbites permalink
    24/05/2015 6:04 am

    Very creative way to tackle this challenge!! I loved your pictures and thought you explained your point very articulately.

  46. Dave April Decheine (@skinnyover40) permalink
    24/05/2015 6:52 am

    Very interesting photo challenge, I have a lot of broken cups and plates, this would be a great photo task.

  47. Me-Anne Palumar Bojador permalink
    24/05/2015 8:23 am

    I did the same with some birthday gifts from my friends waayyyy back in highschool. The broken glass even wounded me one time when I was cleaning up my “Memory” boxes..

  48. Michelle hwee permalink
    24/05/2015 10:02 am

    What a great post, I love the photos, broken doesn’t always mean its bad and unusable, I look at it as art.

  49. dedezooms permalink
    24/05/2015 4:45 pm

    Such an interesting take on broken objects! Like Anne, your post touched me in a spiritual way. It reminds me that God’s love can heal a broken heart, a broken relationship, or a broken person.

  50. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    24/05/2015 10:31 pm

    I agree, there is beauty in everything, even in broken things. I love how you captured the beauty of the two precious items you chose for this wekly photo challenge.

  51. 25/05/2015 6:29 am

    The thing about broken things is the choice to repair them or let go of the broken part. It may be repaired but the scars always remain but those scars do remind us to make better choices.

  52. Prayerfull Mum permalink
    25/05/2015 7:05 am

    I like what you said about how you appreciate beauty in broken things and that it’s true how the world sometimes don’t give the broken a second chance – “A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.”

    But God works best through the broken ones. The egg shell has to be broken before the egg contents can be useful. Just like human beings. We are imperfect and because of our broken-ness, God can work his will in our lives.

  53. Raymond Vasquez permalink
    25/05/2015 9:56 am

    These are beautiful photos. I didn’t know something broken could still turn out beautiful, at least on pictures. However, my mom wouldn’t want to keep em. She believes that anything broken shouldn’t be kept and should be thrown away. To avoid badluck. ๐Ÿ˜€ Although I think otherwise. haha

  54. katrinagehman permalink
    25/05/2015 1:50 pm

    that’s a great message!! a little broken doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed or still used.

  55. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    25/05/2015 2:39 pm

    its hard to throw away broken things that has sentimental value to you. the last quote is beautiful

  56. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    25/05/2015 3:53 pm

    This is an awesome post and I so love the concept of it. I really do believe there is beauty in everything broken. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Emily Smith permalink
    25/05/2015 5:52 pm

    I like how you interpreted the challenge and found broken items made beautiful. That vase is really pretty and would look lovely filled with lilacs.

  58. Kylie permalink
    25/05/2015 8:57 pm

    Wow! You truly bring out the imperfection beauty in those photos! Simply amazing shoots!


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