We live in a world filled with heartbreak. We like to think otherwise, but frankly, heartbreak is unavoidable. And yet, most of us spend our lives unconsciously devising strategies to avoid it – to live without it.
The strategy used most? Second-guessing. Of ourselves. But also of others and what they bring to our lives. Strategy #2? The building of emotional walls – barriers against deceit and disappointment. Another time-worn strategy? The ritual of putting up fronts, so that the real “us” doesn’t have to get hurt. The wild thing about the front is the same with all the other strategies. They don’t stop the pain from seeping in.
Heartbreak is the greatest of suffering, I believe, and it influences the whole of our lives. Its impact can be felt everywhere if we’re truthful with ourselves.
- The job that we really want but we won’t go after.
- The relationship that we won’t lay ourselves bare to.
- The friendships we cut off because we mislabel enthusiasm in others as righteousness.
- The dream you won’t believe in lest it never becomes your reality.
So what do we do? Can there truly be beauty here?
And I’m not being blithe when I say, Of course there can be.
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