A broken sword becomes a dagger.

People often proclaim “brokenness.”
But what does that mean?
Do you define brokenness as diminished reach, diminished capacity, a setback, or even worthlessness?
Is it a trendy buzzword you shoot from the hip to encapsulate tragedy, or maybe things not going according to plan?
Be kinder to yourself.
Words chosen with more circumspection can mean the difference between punishing yourself or moving towards a space of recovery and healing.

Analogy Time
Some of the vehicles I owned over the years rewarded me with varying degrees of reliability.
What do you say when your car fails to start?
Do you call the car a broken pile of junk without much thought?
But what if we review the pile of junk with alternative language?
Then a dead battery does not automatically equate to a broken vehicle.

Something truly broken is often in such a terrible state that the individual components used to make up the whole become unrecognizable.

Humans are infinitely more complex than automobiles, but if components require fixing— Analogous to aspects of lives that undergo reconstruction to achieve a sense of wholeness, so be it.

Throughout life, there will be moments where tragedy, sadness, and loss hit so hard that “broken” might be a legitimate word.
We don’t have answers to all— Or even most of these mysteries we live through.
But while we can still reason and choose different words, I reckon we owe that to ourselves.
Be mindful of the words you send into the universe.

A broken sword becomes a dagger.

A broken sword is still a weapon and implicitly dangerous and valuable within that context. No matter how you look at it.
The arbitrary label you can choose to attach to the broken sword will not transform it into less of a weapon.
But do not discard it— Because it has “changed dramatically” during the fight.
That could be a bad idea!

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