These links are not the kind that come back telling you there was a typo in your link but rather links to material that has sustained and nourished me as a I have been contemplated the brokenness of me, the brokenness of humanity and the glory and gift of being broken wide open like one of those geode rocks that looks all plain and regular rock on the outside but inside are brilliant sparkling gorgeous gem-like unique miracles. The breaking is what makes it possible for us to see the insides.

Awhile ago, the lovely Jena Strong (who herself, often writes about being broken open) made a book recommendation. I immediately picked this book up and gobbled it in a matter of a week. Broken: A Love Story is a story of a Native American shaman who found his talents to train horses and to heal people after an accident leaves him paralyzed. More than that however, it is the story of what happens to the author, Lisa Jones, when she allows this man and his community to touch her life. It is a story about the beauty that comes from mess and the peace in living life exactly as it shows up, the joy of surrender.

And then there is Maggie, of Okay.Fine.Dammit. Maggie writes about a lot of things, but she writes with raw exquisite breathtaking beauty about being broken open. Or rather, Maggie–so deeply immersed in this life she lives, breaks open her heart, confronts pain and ugliness and shows us spectacular beauty in the procss. One of the things I love about Maggie’s posts is that she doesn’t feel the need to tie it all up in a neat little bow. She is content with the messiness to be, well, messy. If you don’t read Maggie, you should. She will knock you to your knees. Try this one about the impending loss of a cherished friend or this one about her battle to be true to herself and commitments she made or this one which made her one of my heros for ever.

Or how about this video of Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat Pray Love and Committed fame. A marvelous look at how we never really arrive anywhere, just muddle through the best we can and do brilliantly. If you have 20 minutes or are feeling like you can’t quite get it together and IT.IS.ALL.FALLING.APART watch this. You will be so glad you did.

And lastly, via Jen Lemen, this song which speaks for itself:

One Response to “A few “Broken” Links”

  1. Maggie, dammit Says:

    Oh, Meg.

    This is fine, fine praise coming from you, my friend. You know how much I admire your work.

    Thank you for this, a lovely little gift.

    And thank you for including me with these amazing writers, my God.