Life Enlarged by Woundedness

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The flower blooms when the bud is broken open.

Life at times can be extremely wounding. The danger always exists that we allow our lives to shrink to the size of the wound. Are our lives not enlarged by our woundedness?

I have a deep admiration for those who do not allow themselves to become mired in their hurts and injustices. They have this wonderful ability to expand and massage in to life around them their bigness, courage and hope.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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14 Responses to Life Enlarged by Woundedness

  1. iamforchange says:

    Very well said and indeed so true. A very nice and warming post, thank you for sharing it and the smile!


  2. nrhatch says:

    Good thoughts, Don.

    When we stop being “prisoners of the past” . . . we become the architects of our future! 😀

    Here’s to blooming where we are planted.


    • Don says:

      Thanks Nancy. I agree. I think there are times we shrink so in to the past that present and future become profoundly limited. “Blooming where we ‘re planted” – I like that. A wonderful sense of place and simplicity about it.


  3. Hudson Howl says:

    I can agree and disagree with you on this one Don, if I am understanding. But we are human, an we do shrink to wound size. Where it I have trouble is the length of time there. Some wounds take little time to recover from where as others can take years. And some times we don’t even realize were wounded. This a tricky one, as we want for the wound to heal quickly but this is not always the case. But hopefully we flower again. Yet it is not a natural occurring event as a flowering bud. However, both are divine when they happen.

    The rose of sharon is similar, though if you want to have a blossom next year you have to removed this years seed pod. I get it, now. Still feeling hurt or wrong is natural is part life, but staying there prevents blooming again.


    • Don says:

      You’re right Hudson. Shrinking is a natural thing to do when wounded. It is part of our humanity. I think it’s even part of the healing process. But as you so wisely say, how long do we stay there? Yes! That’s the issue and I think it’s different for each person, some longer than others. Love your illustration of the rose of sharon. Again, thanks for your thoughtful comment, Hudson.


  4. Beautiful picture and wonderful words! I, too, admire people who become “better and not bitter” through adversity… Happy New Year!

    Blessings ~ Wendy


  5. ladyfi says:

    You’re so right – opening up – no matter how difficult – really does enrich us.
    Such a lovely post. Wishing you a magical 2013!


  6. Katy says:

    I was perusing” Healing Emotional Wounds” on the net. Out of all the advice this piece resonated with me the most.:- Be kind to yourself. Dont judge yourself for being wounded. This is a process, not a race. Many of us have layers to uncover to heal the wounds in our space. We can only do as much as we can do. That is enough. There is no timeline you need to meet for anything in your life. Source will always deliver what you need, to you.
    Barry and I wish you a peaceful, contented New year.


    • Don says:

      Thanks Katy. What you say resonates deeply with me. “Source will always deliver what you need, to you.” Great words. So true. Thank you so much for your wishes. May you and Barry enjoy the same.


  7. bussokuseki says:

    Well articulated. I tend to think our lives are enlarged when we a able to stay open to our woundedness and whatever caused it – so not only not shrinking to it, but also not running away from it. Those moments are great inspirations for writing as well, at least for me. Thanks for sharing & be well.


    • Don says:

      Thanks for your comment. You’re so right. They are moments of inspiration. They give us the opportunity to get down to the heart of who we are. Thanks for sharing – appreciate your words.


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