The power to heal

a broken heart stone pendant repaired with kintsugi

When our hearts get broken, it’s so tempting to look outside ourselves for healing, hoping that someone else can do that for us. But the power to heal our broken heart always comes from within. Others might help us on the healing journey, but we ultimately have to do the work ourselves. It is only then that we find the source of Grace from which healing flows.

Imperfect offerings


“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There’s a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen (from the song “Anthem”)

These lyrics have been on my mind a lot in the last couple of weeks—partially because of Leonard Cohen’s death last week and partially because I needed this reminder.

As a perfectionist, I tend to want to wait to act or speak until I have devised the perfect response to the moment, but that means I too often never do or say anything.

I appreciate the reminder that a perfect offering is not what is needed. What is needed is for me to show up and offer whatever it is I have to give for the healing and renewal of the world around me, no matter how imperfect my offering may be.

What are you able to give to the world around you here and now—no matter how imperfect it may be? Will you offer it anyway?