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You’re Not Broken… (it’s just a bruise)


How well did you survive the last time life bit you in the backside? Did you respond with a celebration? I find first responses to be the exact opposite of a party. Even when I feel like life is good when I suffer a loss, I tend to feel guilt or shame. It’s easy to give into self-doubts. Am I alone here?

We are all in a constant state of growth. Wise people say failure causes the most growth. I believe them. But, yet there is one thought that will derail you. That is the negative self-belief that you are somehow broke.

You’re not broken.

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. – Dale Carnegie

Paul who lived in Tarsus a long time ago demonstrated how to own your attitude better than most. According to history, after Paul’s conversion to Christianity, he became a church planter. He was good at his job. His travels led him down narrow roads filled with angry people. As a matter of fact, he had hard times too. During his journey he was stoned, shipwrecked, beat-up, imprisoned, and flat broke.

Paul’s responses to challenges proved that a positive attitude is a key to success.

“At midnight, Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God.” – (Acts 16:26)

Who does that?

Paul survived and finished well in life.

So can you.

Turn Broken Into a Bruise

  • Paul’s story proved that owning a positive attitude has little to do with your success or failure. Don’t take all the credit for every big win in your life. If you do, soon you will be tempted to take all the blame for the losses.
  • Circumstances change and so can you. You’re not stuck in your current rut. No matter how bad life gets you have control over your attitude. Changing your attitude from bad to good will change your circumstances.
  • Improve your life by realizing it’s not just about you. You’re not Luke Skywalker; you’re more like Yoda. What I mean is give yourself permission to help other people. Don’t wait till they ask just do it. By helping others you will see good things happen, even in the bad times.
  • Anchor your emotions in something bigger than yourself. What is your source of strength? Things like having faith won’t make life any easier, but it may make more sense.

My friend David says, “problems are opportunities to reveal our true character.” Our attitudes get exposed. The question becomes…will you be satisfied in what is found?

You’re not broken.

Do you believe me yet?

“I’d made it this far and refused to give up because all my life I had always finished the race.” – Louis Zamperini

Have you ever felt broken? What did you do about it?

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