You Are Not Broken
Ernest Holmes wrote, “God in you as you is you. There is nothing else you can be. You didn’t have anything to do with it. You didn’t make it and you can’t change it. You didn’t do anything that was good enough to earn it, and you can’t do anything bad enough to destroy it.” I love that quote. It says to me that when we came to this plane of existence we received a gift, a piece of the divine came with our body. We didn’t have to earn it and no matter how we abuse or ignore it we can’t harm it. It is ours for as long as we live.
There are many dictionary definitions of the word broken, such as damaged, not working properly, made weak or infirm. I’m sure all of us have felt broken at one time or another, life can wear us down. But there is something within us that transcends our human experiences, something that goes beyond what our ego labels as good, bad and failure. It is that divine presence that is ever with us. Perhaps you have suffered a major trauma in your life or know someone who has; these losses can bring us to our knees, we may experience anger, pain, grief even a sense of hopelessness. When this happens we aren’t broken, we are just dealing with life’s issues. How we deal with these situations determines the quality of our life.
I read that there is a Jewish saying that goes, “To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.” If we have lived a life filled with the pain of loss or abuse we can come to believe that that is all there is and can ever be. But the fact is no matter what we have experienced we can rise above it. We can choose to believe in our brokenness or our wholeness. Every moment of our life we are at choice, that is how the universe works and as Holmes reminded us in the opening quote we can’t change it. Perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best: “Tis not in the stars alone, nor in the cup of budding flowers, nor in the redbreast’s mellow tone, nor in the bow that shines in showers. But in the mud and scum of things, there always, always, something sings.”
Posted on May 22, 2014, in Inspirational and tagged Ernest Holmes, Inspirational, positive, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rev. ron fox, Spiritual, spirituality, you are not broken. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.