The Beauty Of Pain

A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world… ~Alice Walker

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The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~Rumi

We are each broken. It is in how we choose to use our brokenness that determines who we are. Through this very vulnerability we develop compassion. When people learn to use their wounds to help others heal it becomes a gift of great beauty.

When we deny our wounds we are refusing to allow ourselves the growth of strength in those places. We can use what we know to empower ourselves, comfort others, and change the world. When weaknesses are accepted rather than scorned, everyone benefits. We become connected on a human level and united in love.

What others see of us is determined by how we channel our light. I know several hurting individuals, and my heart warms at the sight of them. One volunteers her time, energy, and compassion aiding those less fortunate. Another is a cheerleader, encouraging her friends. While yet another is stepping into brave, exercising her freedom to be herself. While each one of these women suffers feelings of alienation, detachment, rejection, and damage, the love within them shines in perfect splendor. Perhaps this is the beauty of humanity when one can take her own experiences and help another cope, hope, and rise above current circumstances.

We are but fragments in a universal shattering. As the light shines through us we become the stained glass of humanity…isn’t that a lovely image?

28 thoughts on “The Beauty Of Pain

  1. “Stained glass.” There is a story within stained glass. I am trying to learn from the pain, to allow it to come through me without hardening me. I pray every day to live my life from a place of peace, trying to offer love first as a way to communicate with others who are hurting at this time. They say there is great growth that comes from our trials. I just want to be a better person when I come out on the other side of all of this.

  2. Suzi, this post comes at such timely moment because I just finished watching a series of videos by Bene Brown, who wrote the book, “The Power In Vulnerability”, which touched on this very topic, I kid you not!

    “Through this very vulnerability we develop compassion. When people learn to use their wounds to help others heal it becomes a gift of great beauty.”

    Which is exactly what she said – through vulnerability and pain we develop compassion because that is something we ALL experience; connecting us ALL.

    Which ties in so perfectly with your final sentence…

    “We are but fragments in a universal shattering. As the light shines through us we become the stained glass of humanity…isn’t that a lovely image?”

    Love your analogy of the stained glass window!

    Faaaabulous post, my friend!
    X

  3. I agree with you, but I strongly disagree with Alice Walker. Great art can arise from joy as much as it can from wallowing in misery. It is the fashionable picture of the artist, though – ‘Don’t you know nobody laps it up no more; If your heart ain’t broken, you don’t know the score …’ (Stan Freberg)

  4. We are but fragments in a universal shattering. As the light shines through us we become the stained glass of humanity…isn’t that a lovely image? Suzie, I love this quote as well as the one from Rumi. They really speak to me right now. There are people in my life that are hurting as well and I’m really praying they can overcome and see the light again. Thank you, my friend, for such wonderful words of encouragement.

  5. It *is* a lovely image, Suzi! I believe God in His Mercy allows us to suffer so we in turn can console others. How hard it is to comfort someone if you haven’t walked in their moccasins. Thank you for encouraging us to let our light shine!

    • You’re right, the comfort we offer when we’ve walked in another’s shoes is of a totally different magnitude. I suppose it is like the difference between sympathy and empathy.

  6. I love the photo! This is a beautiful post. I like stories of people who live in spite of their pain, rather than letting it consume them. It inspires me to do the same when I’m facing troubles.

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