Beautifully Broken

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Beautifully Broken

Lately, I’ve been toying with the notion of being beautifully broken.

I know. It sounds bizarre and nonsensical. So, let me explain what I mean…

Recently my job at the Albright Memorial Library became a casualty of cutbacks. And, if I’m being honest, I feel lost as hell right now.

See, for the past 18 years (on and off) I’ve worked for the Lackawanna County Library System. Primarily I served the Albright Memorial Library, but I also did a three-year stint at the Dalton Community Library in the early 2000s.

I started my library journey as a student assistant in 2000 and became a professional librarian in 2013, when I earned my master’s in Library Science from Clarion University.

So, as you can see, public librarianship is more than what I love—

It’s all I’ve ever known…

Now, I’m in foreign territory without a m*thaf*ckin’ map, and I’m terrified.

And while you and I are acquainted through Simply Lush, this blog gig is still something that’s new to me.

Lately, I frequently feel out of my element and like everything is falling apart.

But then I remember how powerful it is to be in a state of brokenness.

Why?

Because being broken is essential to my journey and evolution as a woman. Because there is no creation without destruction; no reconstruction without demolition. It allows for new opportunities and adventures.

In fact, being broken connects me with my essence, my truest self.

It’s like that line in the Leonard Cohen song, “Anthem”:

“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Now THAT is beautiful.

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