For the “broken”

I have never done posts based on daily posts. It is because inspirations have to come from within for the posts to read well. But, from time to time, I have kept an eye out for interesting daily posts, more so, on a day lacking in motivation to write.

Today however, the guys at The Daily Post have for me a trigger I couldn’t resist.

Today’s post reads:

Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BROKEN.

I am obsessed with “broken”. I have always felt a strange pull towards broken people, ever ready to take them under my wing, and heal them. A sob story never fails to move me, to an extent that this trait has been used to take undue advantages.

Never mind, though!

Helping people has been such an overwhelming passion. Learning to say “no” is a lifetime project.

About broken – I have a different take. What happens when something breaks?download (1)

It is no longer like its previous self. Its shape has changed, there’s probably a crack somewhere too. But why would you call it disfigured?

Why won’t you credit it as a new shape, with its own characteristics?  Why wouldn’t you rather acknowledge its own independent features – admittedly not like its previous self, but of course something totally anew?

It has its own purpose, and identity.

Similar is the case with people. Broken people attract me because I realise that the kind of empathy, sensitivity, and goodwill broken people can learn to build is far greater than most whole people. It is just a matter of converting the pain to something beautiful. One just has to discover a passion where all their energies can be poured.

How often have you heard of people losing a loved one to some illness, later on going on to build support groups, hospitals, knowledge centres for others who suffer from the same illness?

Me? I have heard them tales too often.

A “break” can be transformed into immense positive energy. It doesn’t have to be always drugs and alcohol.images

Broken people also tend to take utmost care to not hurt people, or to “break” them in any manner. They tend to become healing centres.

What is so bad with being broken?                                                           

I want to explore why the general notion is so negative about broken people. They are the ones who are avoided and considered to be holding unnecessary “baggage”.

But is anyone really whole?

Truth is the world breaks everyone. No one escapes without a blemish. Some are just good at hiding it too well, and for too long. But, hiding has its own negative effects too.

Some wear it as badge, more like the scars of a war!

But, as a general rule, we are all broken. There’s nothing wrong with it.

Use your “break” proudly!

(This work by Subhabrata Dasgupta is licensed under  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.)


18 comments on “For the “broken”

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  2. Harsha says:

    Indeed everyone break at some point or the other..But that doesn’t mean that we will stop moving forward..indeed when we are broken,we should stand up to it with more positive outlook.. :D

  3. Beechmount says:

    Broken you say–well, not quite all of us. Events happen in anyone’s life that can be hurtful, but becoming “broken” over such is foreign to me. I have always taken the attitude that it is easier to give ulcers than to get them, so I keep an emotionally protective shield around my life.


    • That is a great thing to do – to have a protective shield. Yet, I find it surprising that in the course of your life through various countries and experiences, you have managed to not get broken. Amazing attitude to imbibe!

      Perhaps, it is an over-generalization to say that we are all broken. :)

  4. Beautiful writing. We are all broken human beings.

  5. Very well written.
    It takes a beautiful heart to welcome and heal the broken.
    You definitely are one lovely soul.

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  12. gita4elamats says:

    “People who hadn’t suffered a loss yet struck me as not quite grown up.”
    ― Anne Tyler, The Beginner’s Goodbye

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