This week I was watching another Women of Faith DVD (I know you are probably tired of hearing about it by now but they are all so good!). Sheila Walsh was the speaker and she was talking about something I felt I HAD to share with you. It inspired me so much in regards to what I do in my practice and I thought those of you in recovery might appreciate it.
She was talking about broken bones. Did you know that when a bone breaks, it actually is stronger after it heals? I did not know this wonderful bit of information. I always thought the opposite. In fact, I thought when you broke a bone you were suppose to be more gentle with it…always. She gave more of the scientific facts that make this so. I’ve blocked those facts out as anything science gives me an allergic reaction!
Her point was that the bone is actually stronger because of the break and the healing process.
How many of us are broken? Many of us are. We are broken from a past full of abandonment and hurt. We are broken from relationships that hurt us deeply. We are broken from addictions that we let spiral out of control until our brokenness was there for everyone to see.
Isn’t it inspiring to think we can be stronger from our brokenness, too? Our pain and suffering can be used productively to make us stronger people. I actually see my brokenness as a strength and something that has made me a fighter! Although painful and still difficult at times, I wouldn’t trade my brokenness for anything. It is part of who I am today and why I do what I do in my profession.
So I ask you today- what is your brokenness? Has it made you stronger or is it holding you back?
My hope and prayer is that your brokenness can be used for good and make you a better, stronger YOU! Thank you for reading.
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville