The assault on our world by the pandemic has no doubted planted seeds of fear, anxiety and pain. Our lives and livelihoods have all been hit hard, a number of us are not sure when our businesses will recover or if we might be able to hold onto our jobs. These are truly difficult times and there are two sure ways it will all end, either we take advantage of these circumstances and grow or give up in despair and live defeated lives. Author Elizabeth Lesser’s book Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow will give you the kind of inspiration and insight needed for a time such as this.
Lesser teaches that pain and heartache are intrinsic to the human experience, so they should be processed naturally, and even celebrated as a gateway to greater wisdom and understanding. The book is so simply and beautifully written and I found stories of Lesser’s personal journey to happiness and healing, inspiring, multifaceted, and even mythic.
She describes being “broken open” by pain, death, and other losses rather than being broken down and consumed by them. In being broken open, we should give this grief due consideration, but also be able to grow from it, a process that Lesser dubs the “Phoenix Process.”
If you are dealing with your own brand of grief and loss or you just want to make sense of some of the difficult facets of life, then you should find Lesser’s philosophy on grief and loss consoling and insightful.
Favourite quote : “How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”