A knife is thrust forwards. Simultaneously and powerfully it penetrates the soft skin and contented heart, plunging it into shock. That is the exact second that pinpoints the life changing moment that a heart is broken.
Frequently there’s a warning. The knife will drag over the skin for days, weeks or even months, scratching cells and pushing harder when ignored. It places its flat handle into the gut, a reminder that something bad will happen soon and it presses harder whenever the mind becomes quiet and tries to rest.
Whether there is a warning or not, the feeling of shock is still the same. Panic starts to replace blood in the veins and then as it drains from the holes left in the heart, it is replaced by fear, loneliness and sadness.
The heart is left fragile with cracks, chips, pieces missing and edges like shattered glass, still standing but weak enough to fall with a gust of wind. Confidence, self belief and courage pour from the damaged areas until the heart begins to fold in on itself.
The pain is caused by tragedy, deception, loss, death, sickness, some kind of lasting separation from something loved and a future that was laid out with it. Whatever forced the separation, it is still agony.
The heart tries to heal and as time passes the holes in the heart start to fill. Sometimes the heart knows that it cannot suffer this torment again so uses concrete and cement. If only someone could warn it that tragedy and loss can come more than once and is often forceful enough to knock down even the strongest walls.
There are souls in the world that find different ways to fill the cracks. They find a way to use empathy, love and kindness. Instead of allowing these things to drain from them, they use them to help others. These are the souls that are the most ravishing yet most graceful in our world. They know what pain is, they know what darkness looks like and they notice it in someone else. Moments before their heart folds, they decide to help and just like the moment that pinpoints a heart being shattered, this is the moment that a broken heart becomes the most beautiful thing on earth.
5 ways to help heal a broken heart
Originally published at www.imustnow.com on February 12, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com