“What’s Your Damage, Heather?

When I stumbled across this post on Facebook, it really struck a chord with me. The idea that something damaged can indeed be even more beautiful than it was prior to the damage being inflicted felt freeing.

For a long time, my damage defined me. I felt it made me ugly to those around me. It felt as though I was tainted; poisoned even. I wanted nothing more than to rid myself of it.

I thought that would be the true path to freedom…

However, with age comes wisdom, right?


All I know is that the older I get, the more respect I have for the damage I’ve endured. All of it has shaped the person I have become and am still becoming. And I can honestly say I am a better person today because of my damage, not just in spite of it.

Because of my damage, I’ve become more patient, more compassionate, more forgiving, more determined to stand up for myself and others, more loving, more appreciative of the little things in life.

The list goes on…

So what’s your damage? How has it shaped you? Have you let it make you bitter? Or better? You have the potential to rise above it and become more beautiful than ever before.

Rise… 💙

13 thoughts on ““What’s Your Damage, Heather?

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian June 24, 2020 — 9:19 pm

    Stained glass is both shattered and burnt.

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    1. Ah! That’s a beautiful way to think of it! 💙

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  2. It took me awhile to come to terms with stretch marks, a C-section scar, and a changed body after giving birth. I have so many friends who have had cosmetic surgery for this and other things. Our society sells us perfection at every turn. I feel that there is strength in being comfortable and confident with who you are regardless of our battle scars.

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    1. I love this! I know what you mean. My body has never been the same after having kids. The twins especially stretched me out, and I also have the C-section scar. I know a lot of people who have had bands or gastric bypass, and although I sometimes long for that “perfect” body, I’ve heard enough things from them to know that there is no perfect fix. Instead, I’m trying to get more comfortable in my own skin. I’ve learned that my kids see me so differently than myself and so I try to see myself the way they do. It’s enlightening. Thank you so much for sharing! I was encouraged by your story!

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  3. Oh my goodness I love this so much! “What’s your damage” wow…I really love that. Now I’m just imagining myself streaked with gold in all the places I’ve been hurt. What a beautiful image. Thank you so much for sharing this .xx

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    1. I’m so very happy this made an impression on you and have you a new perspective to see yourself in. 💙
      You are beautiful inside and out. Own it! Much love to you, friend. 💙

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  4. Beautiful post and I so agree with you ❤️ With being bullied and suffering with anxiety I’m learning that I’m stronger than I’m. I’m also more compassionate to myself and others now. We are beautiful and deserve to feel all that love ❤️

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    1. I agree. You are definitely beautiful and deserving of love. 💙

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  5. I love this! The idea of Kintsugi as something more precious (valuable) and beautiful because it is broken is a powerful image and reality in the world.

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    1. I agree 100%! It was such an encouraging image and thought.

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      1. I made a mental note some time ago to revisit this concept in my writing which I have yet to do… for now. Maybe some time in the near future 🙂

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      2. Sounds like an excellent idea!

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