The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Being Broken

photo by Danielle_T
"...monetary poverty is nothing---nothing---compared to the starvation of the creative spirit."
                                      ---T'Mara Goodsell


        I have been intrigued with the title of T'Mara Goodsell's blog since I found her (through Becky Povich, I believe).  The Art of Being Broken. It made me wonder what deep meaning was under the surface of that title.

        Tonight I was reading some of her past posts (trying to avoid grading papers), and happened up on her post on June 9, 2009.  It's entitled "Write On, Dude."

         As I was reading it, I thought about the art of mosaic. People deliberately break plates and pottery into small pieces, so they can fit them into a completely different new piece of art.   

         That post not only explains what she means by the "art" of being broken, but it vividly paints a picture of what it's like to be emotionally battered.

           Sometimes you have to break things---to take something that was "whole" but maybe not good---to create something gorgeous...



  1. Hi Sioux - Agreed! It isn't what we have, it is what we do with it that shows who we are. Good post.

  2. Was just linking to your blog and found this surprise! Yes, I first started my blog as a way of coping while divorcing an emotionally and financially abusive spouse. These days, I like to think the blog is more about the art than about being broken. Lovely analogy. Thank you.

  3. Sometimes one must be broken in order to become whole.It can be a painful process but the end result, beautiful.

  4. P.S. Love your choice of pictures. Although that is not in fact my portrait, I'm sure I look just like that when in need of my chocolate fix.

  5. Hi Sioux, thank you so much for your comments on my blog. Looking at the time, you must have been on a "break". I am humbled that you would use your break to comment. I pray you have a refreshed week with the kiddos.


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