broken pieces, cracks, hairline crack, hot tea, meredith brooks, mug, mug of tea, music, psychology, shatterd, transient nature
A few weeks ago I noticed that my favorite mug has a crack … a big, long one down the side. I got quite upset when I saw it, but the crack hasn’t opened up, it doesn’t leak and the mug is still whole.
But seeing the crack in my red and white polka-dotted mug every morning makes me think of all those cracks we carry within us. We have all lived through situations when we’ve thought we would shatter, break apart. But somehow our inner glue holds us together and over times seems to mend the cracks. But like in pottery these inner cracks may be sealed, but they are still there, making us vulnerable.
Our first heartbreak makes us more cautious. Our fist rejection letter makes us more aware of our abilities. The first time someone we love dies, makes us understand our transient nature. But all these little cracks make us who we are, make us unique, just like my big red and white mug with a hairline crack running down its side.
And while I was pondering these thoughts, a song I loved back in my twenties came on the radio, it was Meredith Brooks singing ‘Shattered’. How apt.
So while I have a lovely but busy day today and the next five days will be filled with “things-I-need-to-do-before-Berlin“, I feel shattered, not just cracked. Hopefully that means I’ll make it to bed early and wake up fresh in the morning to savour some hot tea from my favourite mug. Sadly I know it is probably only a matter of time before the crack becomes a tear and then it will shatter. But when that happens maybe I can make something out of the broken pieces and it would be great excuse to by a new favorite mug.
What a good analogy …Thank goodness for the inner ‘glue’ that holds us together..Diane
yes and how lucky we are to have it
J.D. Gallagher said:
Weird. I bought a new mug yesterday. Is it my imagination or are a lot of mugs very small these days?
I’m with you on the cracks though, I think sometimes they make us a little more resilient and the rest of the time we manage to just limp along and hope for the best.
my mug is huge .. I mean HUGE … 500ml fits easily into it … and yes I don’t want small mugs that is what cups are for
sorry about your mug but great analogy! I wish you safe travels to Germany.
still have a few days to go and so much planning and organizing to do … but am getting excited
I have a mug like that, also, Actually, I’m like that mug, as your analogy suggests. I’m hoping that my cracks make me more valuable in some ways. I’m not sure what my inner glue is, but I know it’s there!
Have a great trip to Berlin!
thanks and you just keep sticking together
Another Thousand Words said:
Beautiful analogy here, Jensine…very thought-provoking. I do hope, though, that the mug last a long time, yet shopping for a new one could be fun, too!