The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.–Ernest Hemingway
After a search through my photo archives, I found a shot of this sculptural work from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This sculpture shows how we can be broken–both emotionally and physically. Emotional wounding is a kind of death, in which our feelings are frozen. It turns us to stone–much like this sculpture. Physical brokenness is far more obvious, but carries with it a hidden emotional scars. In both cases, time may heal our wounds, but we also need to “apply” a healthy dose of introspection. Then, we may realize that our “broken” state allowed us to not only heal, but grow stronger and more resilient. It’s a tough, but necessary lesson if we’re to learn what it means to be truly human.
Fortunately, this has been my experience. Almost two years ago, I was diagnosed with a serious illness that required surgery and radiation. This image reminds me of the wonderful resiliency of the body and spirit. We are amazing human creatures, filled with grace, wisdom, and power far beyond our limited understanding.
For my photo geek friends, here’s a technical note: This shot was taken with my Canon 40D. In post processing, I added more texture with the craquelure filter in Photoshop.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!