Lucky If Nothing Shatters





Some say you’re lucky
If nothing shatters it.

But then you wouldn’t
Understand poems or songs.
You’d never know
Beauty comes from loss.

It’s deep inside every person:
A tear tinier
Than a pearl or thorn.

It’s one of the places
Where the beloved is born.
~Gregory Orr from Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved




We all want happy endings.
But “happily ever after” doesn’t happen
without the shattered hopes and dreams,
broken hearts and painful beginnings and middles.

What we owe to ourselves and our children
is to learn how to forge through sadness,
plow through sorrow
in order to fertilize and grow beauty,
right there in the middle of ugly.
If we aren’t the farmer,
the custodian,
the guardian of beauty,
who will?
Beloved and blessed
ever after.



3 thoughts on “Lucky If Nothing Shatters

  1. This is especially profound and most apt advice for the tumultuous times in which we are living Emily.
    Most people never just sail through life, somehow avoiding the unexpected, life-changing pitfalls, tragedies and deep hurts that literally tear our hearts and souls apart, causing us to blame God for doing this to us or, at the very least, allowing it to happen. In your wisdom, forged from sadness, loss, disappointments (that you have shared with us) you have learned one of the most important gifts that we must pass on to our children. That is: to be armed, to learn how to deal with sadness, sorrows, grinding loss – – the metaphorical pernicious time bombs, land mines and IEDs that lurk unseen in our path. Just as crucial is to learn through prayer and trust in the indwelling Holy Spirit how to cultivate and to apply the discernment necessary to confront and to deal with moral decisions that can often negatively affect our entire lifetime.

    Thank you.

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  2. This is so timely for me. For some reason, my emotions are RIGHT on the surface lately, reducing me to silent tears at the drop of a hat. It’s not a bad thing, though, to feel………

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