i don't want to settle for broken. i want to be a part of the group that believes in a solution--- that tries everything possible to be better. i want to be a part of the group of people that come out on the other side of something scary, fixed. bigger. + brighter!!!
Lisa follows a young musician, Christina Perri, and occasionally she sends me blogs that Christina has written. I read one last week, and this snippet jumped out at me, and I've been meaning to come back to it ever since.
"I don't want to settle for broken." It grabbed at me... because, I think, we do. We settle for "broken." We settle for "good enough." We settle for "it's all I can hope for." We settle for " Life IS pain, princess."
But, understand deeply that we are settling.
There. Is. More. Than. Good. Enough.
Yes, sometimes life is hard, and I'm not trying to say that it isn't. Maybe there's something to that "life IS pain, princess" quote... but that's not all there is. We don't have to stay in the pain. Push through it, find a way to stop wallowing in our own misery. Because if we can, if we can keep pushing, there is great beauty and happiness and joy on the other side.
Broken is not how we are meant to stay. Maybe it's the broken that helps us grow character, helps us develop compassion and tolerance. But I don't think it's the BEING broken that develops that character; it's the growing THROUGH the broken that does it.
So, please keep going. If your season is one of brokenness, keep going. The sun will come out again if you keep looking for it, I promise.**
(**Unless you happen to live in the Pacific Northwest. In which case, the sun will not come out again until next June. Sorry. You missed it.)