This next piece is dedicated to the one whom I love so dearly. I collected views from colleagues and friends on what “I’m not that broken” means.
Their responses are given below. I wanted to keep it raw, meaning I did not want to change the originality of the responses because I would like the different persons to stand out. A way to affirm that we all are “broken” beings.
I hope that all these responses will be a motivation to you, beloved.
“Stars can’t shine without darkness”.
Q: What does, “I’m not that broken” mean to you…
-That I’m strong. That my soul is in the joyful and great mind
-I think it means you aren’t/ the person isn’t “broken” beyond repair, they aren’t so torn apart by circumstances that they can’t recover.
There’s still hope, there’s still a way to fix themselves and by saying “I’m not that broken” they believe it too.
While still acknowledging how damaged they are, which is a reality that they have to work with
-It tells me that you’re about to describe or tell me how broken you are and would prefer we don’t pity you or box you into the severe version of brokeness👀🤕
-Well that phrase, to me, means that an attempt was made to break me and although it worked to some extent I still rose despite the heartbreak. It means that he simply bent me “diamonds can’t be forged”
-There’s hope for all that live. Although I may have gone through hell and back, I’m not broken because what does not kill me, makes me sttonger
– To me, reading the words “I am not that broken” means “I am not as hurt/crushed as you thought I would be, like really, I’m not that broken by what occurred.”
-I have the thought “I’m a broken vessel reassembled by God’s grace” 💁🏿♂ I accept my brokenness and imperfections, I accept it all. Past and present because they’ve made me who I am.
Dearly beloved. I write this one for you, and the one reading it too. To remind you that we’re not broken.
We’re sinners in need of God’s Grace and love, sanctification, redemption. Above all, we ought to know that all happens according to His will. We perfect creations, having His image. Let us look to Him at all times, through all our “atrocities”. For His glory and our good.
Let us ‘not follow our heart, but follow the one who created it’.