Broken hearts mend.
If there is anything in the world that I wish I could spare you, it is the a broken heart. But I know that to avoid broken hearts, also means to avoid the greatest joys and accomplishments. It means avoiding love and trial and hope and the best parts of friendship. It means avoiding being a mother and watching YOUR beautiful daughters grow and learn and fly out of the nest. Those are the best parts of life, but with them comes some heartbreak. Today, my advice is that you are just going to have to trust me on this…hearts mend.
One of the things I have learned about being a mother is that it really is true that your heart is walking around outside your body. When things happen to you, it happens to me. With every heartbreak you feel, my heart breaks too. But the shattering and the mending builds a stronger heart. It builds a heart that understands pain so can empathize more. It builds a heart that understands strength so it can hope more. It builds a heart that understands love so it can love more. A broken heart will mend, and it will be stronger than it was before.
When my heart feels like it has shattered into a million tiny pieces, these are the things that matter:
- Your smile (you have no idea how many wounds your smiles can heal)
- Hearing your voice
- Flowers from a friend
- All the little ways that friends reach out to let me know they are out there when I am ready
- Seeing you happy
- The peace that comes from knowing you will be ok
- The patient love and understanding of my best friend and husband
I’m not sure when I will be ready to write about the last month in its entirety, but I am ready to say that my heart has broken but it is mending. Things are different now and it feels weird to have some pieces of the mending happening in Lansing, Michigan. Every picture and phone call from my smiling Spartan and every special moment at home with my “only child” is stitching my heart back together…different, stronger, new.
Broken hearts do mend, and whenever you are facing your own shattering and mending, I will be right there with you…helping you find YOUR different, stronger, new.