I Should Probably Be Doing Homework Instead.

It’s 8 a.m. on a Wednesday. I only have two classes today, the weather outside is just an inch away from flawless, and I am listening to a bit of old school NEEDTOBREATHE (while, of course, a 20 oz coffee accompanies me). Today, I have decided, will be a good day.

Just like any typical morning of mine, I was scrolling through Pinterest. The usual boho outfits filled my newsfeed, along with flexible dieting choices and inspiring quotes. A quote from Amy Poehler suddenly sparked my attention, even though I know I have viewed this pin at least thirty times. Being a Pinterest addict is sometimes hard when you have to read or see the same content repeatedly.

But I can’t help but to think that this quote was put in front of me various times for a reason. Why am I just now taking this to heart? Why am I just now, after thirty times of seeing it, actually noticing it for the first time?

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I believe the reason that I was just seeing this quote before and not actually taking it fully in was because I shrugged it off as your heart being broken by a boy. Silly, right?

I don’t believe that’s the case.

You see, your heart can be broken in various ways. Whether it is seeing the face of someone close to you after he or she has lost lost a loved one, whether it is hearing stories from families not being reconnected after being sent into war, whether it is not getting that job that you were desperately desiring because of a lack of income, or whether it is simply being lied to by someone in which you put your full trust and faith into . . . You see, your heart can be broken in various ways. It doesn’t have to be because of a senseless breakup.

The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That’s the venerable saying that has been around for years. And sadly enough, it’s true. However, as Amy Poehler has said, you can’t let a broken heart stop you from sharing it. If this was the case, the world would be absolute purgatory.

How, then, must we move on from a harsh realization of how cruel the world can be to simply just act like none of it is happening? How can we forget about all of the “bad things that happen to good people” and how can we act as if people haven’t let us down over and over and over again?

The answer is perspective. Yes, bad things happen to good people, but all in good reason. It’s a difficult circumstance to think about. We don’t know why it happens, but it happens. And if we spend our entire time dwelling on this idea that “bad things happen to good people” and how it is not fair, then our time is merely being wasted on something that we have absolute no control over. Yes, people will let you down over and over and over again. But, how many times have you let someone down? How many times have you let God down? It happens. We’re sinful in our nature. “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” So, genuinely, yes. People are going to let you down. And you are going to let people down. (It’s in our nature). And although it is one of the most difficult challenges to not take something like this to heart, we must not let this painful act completely break it.

So, it’s 8:30 a.m. on a Wednesday. I only have two classes today, the weather outside is just an inch away from flawless, and I am still listening to a bit of old school NEEDTOBREATHE (while, of course, my 20 oz coffee is now completely empty). Today, I have decided, I will not let a broken heart caused by little despairs from the world cause me to quit sharing my heart with people. Because, after all, if we don’t share our heart with others then how can we expect their hearts to be repaired? It’s cause and effect, people. Share your heart with others, so that theirs can be repaired, and so that you can see that yours will start to be pieced back together as well.

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