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There is a crack in everything…

November 17, 2016

When life isn’t going the way you hoped it would, when it feels like you messed up and can’t see how to put it right; when a job’s been lost, a relationship breaks down, when illness strikes or the world looks like it’s going to hell in a boat, it’s easy to feel that everyone else out there is somehow coping and you’re the only one who’s not quite making it – the only one really hurting.

Being caught in a net of private pain is a lonely place to be, but it seems like it’s a necessary stage in times of crisis that we all have to go through.  With luck, it’s also precisely this sense of aloneness that gets us motivated to look for help – maybe from a friend, possibly a therapist.

And then, gradually, things start to change.   As we reach out, we begin to realise that no, our lives may not be perfect, but – surprise, surprise! – no-one else’s is either.

That’s when the hope of healing enters our brokenness and shines a little brightness into the dark.  We get a glimpse of a new dawn, and know that a new and better day isn’t far.  In the immortal and much-quoted words of Leonard Cohen,

Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.

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