Having turned 35 yesterday I’ve been thinking about these last 3 1/2 decades and reflecting on the resilience of the human heart. My heart specifically. Over the weekend my family experienced another loss.
I’ve endured a lot of heartbreak in life and there were some heartbreaks that I didn’t think I would survive. And yet here I am, still loving with my whole heart, piecing it back together each time it crumbles, still opening it wide, learning to forgive so it might be free. Still learning to handle it with as much care as I try to show others.
Yesterday while alone I read My Heart, a beautiful ode to the human heart. I found comfort in its words. Words that by now I know are true even when they don’t always feel true.
While it’s a book that I believe children can understand and benefit from I think a true understanding of the capabilities of the human heart comes from living. It is over time, through love and loss, miracles seen and unseen, through perseverance and rising with each fall, that our hearts reveal to us the wonders that they are.
If you’re in a season where you could use a sweet and gentle reminder that the ache that you feel doesn’t have to be forever or that your heart can hold a love so grand that it can grow to bounds not limited by man-made and geographical borders, *this* is the book to read.
I’m sharing this because 1. This book is so good and 2. I know some of us are scrolling with heavy hearts. I’m sending love to those who need to be reminded that they are loved, cherished and seen. Your heart is not broken beyond repair. You are still loved and cherished even, when you say goodbye to those who seemingly loved and cherished you most or because the way they love you now looks and feels different. My heart has known great sorrow but it knows the purest, most beautiful love.
Our hearts have another super power, a capacity to love ourselves. Some of us have to work harder at that one but it’s a worthwhile fight and a good starting place as you mend because:
”broken can mend”
Arguably the most important words in this book. Words that harbor great hope.
My Heart by Corinna Luyken