Life Will Break You-Yet we Break our own Hearts

“Life will break you.Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
~ Louise Erdich, The Painted Drum

We break our own hearts by allowing others to determine our worth, our value, our beauty
We alone place our fragile hearts in the hands of others trusting that they will offer protection and safety.
We break our own hearts by trusting in words without actions to back them up. Our hearts so hungry to receive love and affirmation, the validation we never received, yet always longed for.
We settle for crumbs, and quickly gobble them up, leaving us hungry for more, a perpetual state of soul starvation.
We break our own hearts when we place others happiness, comfort and peace above our own, expecting the same in return, yet left empty time and time again.
But just as we break our own hearts, we also have the ability to heal our hearts by recognizing our own value and worth, by feeding ourselves with unconditional love, and by speaking truth backed with action into our own lives.
We become whole once again.

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