How Motherhood Reveals Our Brokenness

Motherhood is a profound journey, an exhilarating roller coaster of emotions, and a transformational experience that challenges us in ways we could never have imagined. But amid the joy and love, motherhood also has a unique way of revealing the cracks in our armor—the brokenness we may have skillfully hidden or suppressed for years. We need to approach this revelation with kindness and compassion, embrace it as a precious opportunity to begin the healing process.

Before motherhood, many of us might have presented an illusion of perfection, projecting an image of having it all together. But the overwhelming responsibilities and stresses that come along with motherhood often shatter this façade, bringing to light the brokenness that was tucked away just beneath the surface. The coping mechanisms we once relied upon may no longer suffice. The exhaustion, the sleepless nights, and the constant demands can leave us emotionally exposed.

Rather than viewing this as weakness, we should see it as a call to self-awareness and understanding, allowing us to foster healthier ways of coping and dealing with our past wounds.

Acknowledging our brokenness with vulnerability can be scary, but it also unlocks immense healing potential. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness but a testament to our courage and strength, and opening up about our struggles and can create a nurturing space for growth and transformation.

As mothers, we often hold ourselves to impossibly high standards. This reality is made even harder by the fact that society at large also holds us to impossibly high standards. It’s easy to feel afraid to show our vulnerabilities, to choose to embrace our brokenness. But when the broken pieces of our past come to the surface, it’s crucial to show ourselves the same kindness and compassion we show our children. Understanding that we are human and deserving of love and healing allows us to be gentle with ourselves and fosters an environment for personal growth.

Rather than pushing aside our brokenness, hiding it away in shame, we need to learn to embrace that brokenness as a nudge to begin healing. Recognizing brokenness isn’t something to be ashamed of. It is something that shows us what needs work, and leads us toward the path of healing. Our brokenness, our dysfunction, our inability to keep it all together, is just a sign that we have things we need to work on. Let’s begin this work. Let’s do it with love, and self-compassion, and with grace.

We deserve nothing less.

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