There’s a Crack in Everything

Part of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem have been circulating in books, on websites, and in social media for the uplifting support they offer to so many when they feel broken and in pain from mistakes made: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Spectrum CrackWith deep respect for the wisdom shared by Leonard Cohen in numerous beautiful pieces of music, my experience tells me these two sentences should read: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets out.”

Both in myself and in my work with coaching clients, what I witness is the Divine spark in each of us being more and more revealed, as we face and embrace the gifts that painful experiences bring — especially the mistakes we make.

As we listen to our inner wisdom’s compassionate call to learn from and move on from any mistakes, the hard shell we’ve put around our hearts starts to soften and more of our inner light is allowed to shine through.

When we allow that inner light to break through, we strengthen our ability to handle whatever comes our way, expand our ability to show compassion towards others who make similar mistakes, and we make it easier for others to allow their inner light to burn bright.

Each time I now experience a painful crack in the image of who I thought I was, I feel all that I need to feel about the circumstances and then breathe into those cracks and imagine the Divine breathing back out Light from within me to inspire and help others. Is this something that might support you or a friend? If so, I urge you to take an inspired leap and give it a try.

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