Hope :: Bruised but Not Broken

Courtesy of Compelled Clothing

I have a shirt with this phrase from Compelled Clothing and I think those words are beautiful. And relevant.

I’ve gone through a lot of really rough things in life. No, my life hasn’t been as rough as others. I’m not trying to say it has been.

I spent many years thinking of myself as broken. I thought of myself as “less than” because of the experiences that I had gone through.

I remember when I saw this shirt, it really made my perspective shift. My life experiences didn’t leave me broken. Yes, I was bruised. Yes, those bruises were still smarting.

But those bruises helped form me into the person I am today. I’m not the most sympathetic or empathetic person. I sometimes struggle to see outside of myself. But these bruises have helped me to understand the hurts of this life.

I’m able to use my experiences to help others through their own rough patches. I can give comfort because I’ve received comfort. I can give advice on certain topics because I’ve lived through those things.

You may feel broken. You may feel beyond repair.

But, my friend, you are only bruised. The bruise hurts. But you will make it through. Know these bruises are not in vain. Use these bruises to touch someone else’s life in a positive way.

You are not alone. You are not forgotten. Bruised, but never broken.

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