Some say that I’m broken

Have you ever gone to the beach and taken time to truly examine the seashells that wash onto the beach? Some people are avid shell hunters and spend countless hours searching for the perfect ones. They are looking for beautiful coloration and formation. They don’t even contemplate collecting the broken ones, after all who wants a broken shell sitting on their coffee table?

But then you have people like me who enjoy going to the beach and stumbling across incredible little treasures along the shore. I pick up each shell that stands out to me as the waters ebb and flow over the sand. Some of the shells at first glance look like a perfect creation, yet once I bend down to pick them up, I find them to be a broken treasures instead. Those are my favorite kind and the ones I place in my pocket to take home.

I have a bowl full of broken shells that are proudly displayed for anyone who comes over to see. Some of those shells are beautiful pieces that could be made into an exquisite piece of jewelry, but most of them are fragile and broken from years of life in the rough waters. Some have lost their vibrant colors, others have lost their outward beauty, and still others have allowed deposits from the oceans environment to leave a lasting mark on their surface. Each one is broken and yet each one is amazingly beautiful.

Just like those shells, some say that I’m broken. They look at me—at my past mistakes, burdens, heartaches, and even at the fact that I’m living with multiple sclerosis—and all they see is cracks, scars and the shattered fragments of a life that once was. But the most amazing thing happens when you hold me up to the light. Not only will you see my imperfections, but you will also see what makes me beautiful. It’s because of being broken that I am who I am today…a battle worn warrior who has overcome much with unimaginable strength, determination and a refusal to give up.

You have cracks, scars and broken areas in your life too. The ups and downs you have experienced are real, but just because you are imperfect and living with a chronic disease doesn’t mean you are worthless. Each one of those things have made you uniquely you. You are not broken…you are a beautiful example of how someone can push through all the junk life throws their way and rise up through it all still shining bright.

You are not broken…you are beautiful. Never forget that!

11 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope a good picture of a broken soul who doesn’t always see the so called cracks in their lives as we do. I have a lot of build up of liquid in my legs from the bladder retention I had and now that has been delt with. But I still have blown out legs and feet. Now I have been fitted out with a compression bandage system that is starting to work.I am looking to getting my ankles back. But through all of this I think MS is teaching me how other people are dealing with problems and how to deal with them. I have been learning a lot more over the past few years I had never even thought about. So that has been one of the ‘good’ sides of MS, even if there is any good side to this mess.

    • Penelope Conway
      Penelope Conway says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about the issues you have been having. How miserable that must be for you. I like how you are able to still see that there is still good to be found. You rock!!! xoxo

  2. Carla L Broadbent Rogers
    Carla L Broadbent Rogers says:

    Here is a big hug to help all the broken pieces together. Once you put them all together…..You have a beautiful You. Be well.

  3. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Again the right time for this, just as I got two more new scars (minor operation, nothing really bad..) and enjoy the feeling of the easing pain. And I’ll enjoy when the itching sets in, as it means the wounds are healing… The doctor’s face made me laugh so hard, when I flatly refused his suggestion of a cosmetic surgery, trying to explain I will proudly wear my new scars, as they’re now part of my interesting life!! 😀
    Hugs to you all who refuse to suffer! 😘


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