That’s How The Light Gets In

138179117“Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. “

-Leonard Cohen

We are all broken.

Some of us are better at covering up the breaks than most.  Others of us are not so good at it and, sometimes, it causes people to make a wide circle of avoidance around us. Most of the time it is because they are afraid it is contagious, sometimes they simply don’t know what to say.

When life creates cracks in our heart, what should we do?

When we see others around us go through hard, unimaginable events in life, we watch and learn.  The parents who lost two sons in a tragic accident caused by a distracted driver…they speak to the media and say that they pray for the driver and forgive him and ask others to do the same.  The family of fallen soldiers…they are grateful that their soldier was doing what they believed in most at the time of their death.  Could I do that?  Could you?

Life is all about act and reactions.  The thing is we need to actually prepare in advance as to what our reactions to tough situations will be.  We need to have a strong foundation of beliefs and, for me, faith.  This is how we are able to get through situations that seem “un-get-through-able.”

After we are able to pass through that darkness with our sanity still in tact, we need to do something with the pain.  We need to remember that there is a lesson in every situation, a prompt for us to learn and be strengthened.  We need to remember, as Cohen says, that when life cracks – it lets the light come in.

Look for the Light. Always.


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