Even Broken Things Can Be Beautiful

Even broken things can be beautiful

The other day I was outside and the most beautiful butterfly kept flying near me. It fluttered around for quite a while before it finally landed close enough that I could get a good look at it. The vibrant blue and white nearly glowed against the deep navy of this little creature (the picture really doesn’t do it justice – it’s the butterfly from the image above); and for a moment, I almost didn’t realize that it had a broken wing. The break was small and at the bottom, impossible to notice while it was flying around… and it really got me thinking.

Much like this butterfly, if you pay attention to the people around you, you will notice that most of them keep people at arms length away so that no one has the chance to see the broken parts of their lives. Maybe they want to hide that they aren’t happy with their jobs, financial situation, weight, etc…  or maybe they want to hide that they aren’t happy with themselves as a whole. The bottom line is, it tends to be hard to let someone else see the parts of you that you don’t even want to acknowledge about yourself.

Maybe, you are the one that has been keeping everyone at arms length to hide your broken areas. If that is what you are doing, please please please take a break and “land” near someone. Someone you trust, someone you haven’t talked to in ages, or anyone that you think will listen; just let somebody take the time to see your beauty in its entirety, broken parts and all. The broken parts of us aren’t problems that are meant to be hidden away and never shown to the world. Honestly, it’s often our broken parts that make us stand out in the world and ends up shaping who we become.

I know every time that beautiful little butterfly comes to visit me, because I know what parts are broken… It’s still one of the most beautiful butterflies that I have ever seen, even with that chipped wing. Sometimes, your broken things are how you are able to connect (and even help) others. God always uses our broken things for so much more good than we could ever imagine. Instead of trying to hide what’s broken, use it to do good in the world and make your mark. Let them become your strengths instead of your weaknesses.

The truth is, we’re all a little broken… it’s what you do with that brokenness that counts.

Hey lovelies! I know that this post is a little short, but I know that there are people who needed to hear it, and some things don’t need to be over-complicated… If you read this and you feel like you have no one to “land next to”, please reach out to me; I will listen. Thank you for taking time to read and I hope that you enjoyed it, as always, God Bless and much love!

1 Peter 4:19- “So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good.”

If you enjoyed this post, check out my post on why I Choose Happiness

6 thoughts on “Even Broken Things Can Be Beautiful”

    1. It’s always nice to have people to reach out to and a way to vent. If you ever need someone to talk to, know that I am here 🙂

  1. This is absolutely beautiful and so true! Hiding our brokenness will only lead to loneliness, fear, shame, and depression. Keep shining light and touching those around you with your written words <3

  2. I am so glad that I found this post. It is absolutely beautiful and 200% true.

    Every day, I wake up and get dressed up–I look happy and normal. But, I suffer from severe ulcerative colitis (so I am kinda ‘broken’…well my insides are). You would never EVER be able to tell from the outside. It’s that whole “well, you look fine to me” idea.

    Thanks for writing about this. We all have our baggage and our troubles. We need to treat others with empathy because you never know someone’s full story.

    Love, Christine of The Uncorked Librarian

    1. You are so right, I am going through trying to get a diagnosis for my “silent sickness” now. It’s so hard to explain that something is actually very wrong with you when you look perfectly healthy on the outside. Know that you always have someone to talk to here that will somewhat understand, and thank you tons for your kind words and thoughtful comment. (I love your domain name!)

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