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Jan Johnston Osburn
Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
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You May Be Bruised But You're Never Broken

You May Be Bruised, But You're Never Broken


  1. Having been fractured, damaged, or no longer in one working piece. Synonyms: Smashed, shattered, fragmented, splintered, crushed, and snapped.

  2. (Of a person) Having given up all hope; despair.

Broken hearts. Broken spirits. Broken lives.

It’s impossible to live a life without some degree of despondency.  Life can drop a few obstacles into our path that can bring us to our knees.  Maybe it’s the divorce that punches us in our gut and we wonder how we can ever love again. Maybe the cold hand of death has cruelly plucked a loved one from our life.  Or maybe it’s a failed business venture or a career setback.

We feel broken  -  no longer a single piece  -  broken, like a toy that is no longer useful that’s tossed about and thrown out.        

But we’re not a toy. 

We’re merely bruised but never broken.

Stormy Weather

I love thunderstorms, particularly in the darkness of the night. There’s a strange tranquility in the musical notes it plays. Rhythmic claps of thunder are accompanied by the beat of falling rain and flashes of light can illuminate the darkest pathway.

It's peace in a time of turbulence. 

The cleansing rain washes away the grittiness of the day and the water provides nourishment to spur new growth. Eventually the storm will pass, the sun will shine, and life will ease back to normality.

Then there are storms … not just your run-of-the-mill thunderstorms…unpredictable storms that wreak havoc. If you are lucky, you have warnings and can spot it in the distance. You have time to prepare for it.

Other times, it sneaks up on you.

These storms can be malicious. You may awake to white billowy clouds dancing across the sun’s path and without warning, those same clouds grow angry. They sink low in the sky and their color turns to a hue of green and black while forceful winds push them frantically along.

Your house shakes and you fear the storm is coming for you. The only thing you can do is to take shelter and cower and wait until it passes.

Such as life, right?

There are brewing forces that can cause harm to us.  It’s particularly difficult if you’re not prepared. And it the storm is fierce enough, hope diminishes and you may even find yourself calling out to God to help you.

But you’re only bruised, and never broken.

The Buffalo and the Cow

I’ve always been told that when a storm approaches, a buffalo will charge into the storm. Cattle, on the other hand, will turn their backs to the wind in an attempt to escape it. It’s a failed plan because it only puts off the inevitable. The storm eventually catches them and they are forced to ride along with it while being pelted with rain and thrashed by the wind.

But, the buffalo… the buffalo will go head first into the storm on their terms.

I don’t know if that’s a true portrayal of the characteristics of a buffalo or not but I like the mental vision. If you’ve ever seen a buffalo up close, you can understand why they symbolize power and strength. So the thought of the buffalo staring down the storm provides me with an inspirational vision that makes me feel stronger.

Because you’re only bruised, and never broken.

The buffalo is on to something here. Face your storm, stare it down, and move through with fierce determination. Running from your storm only increases the time you have to deal with it because it will eventually catch you. Storms are made worse if we linger while it’s pounding us.

Stand up to your storm and become the victor.

Because you’re bruised, but never broken.

Coming Out of the Storm

We don’t have the luxury of being able to choose what storms we are given. The only choice we have is how we meet the storm, how we come through the other side – and how we transform because of it.

While we may feel threatened and tossed about, breaking free of your storm is liberating. It changes us.

Author HarukiMurakami said, “When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about."

Because you’re bruised, but never broken.

So while you may not have selected your storm, the storm doesn’t have to win. It might do a little damage but you can always clean up debris, throw it out, or rebuild what has been harmed.

Storms often break that which is brittle but rebuilding brings a firmer foundation and strength anew.

Because you’re bruised, but never broken.

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Jan Johnston Osburn
Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities

Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]

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