Quote #608 - #BrokenUnbroken
03 Mar, 2014
"Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings."
"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. "
Every loss, every mistake, every betrayal,
Breaks something down within us,
Alters our chemistry in fundamental ways,
Changes our expectations
And therefore our outcomes
Like a butterfly in flight affects tides on the other side of the world.
And yet, and yet,
There is a core, a self, a deep resilience,
"A soul" some say,
"God" declare others,
That if tapped into, if allowed to re-shape instead of shut down,
Can re-form us in important, powerful,
And, yes, even beautiful ways,
Not just cynicism and disgust,
But awareness . . . and wisdom.
As true in wars, slavery, pogroms, purges, and lynchings
As it is in family, friendship, romance, work, community,
All the loves of our lives.
We can learn from all losses and betrayals,
Ours and others.
I may not believe that "all things happen for a reason"
But I do believe that reason may come from all things that happen.
We can break and yet be unbroken.
Another contradictory co-existing reality.