Has your heart ever hurt? Chances are, the answer is yes. Very few of us make it through life unscathed by a painful experience. In fact, surveys show that trauma is a nearly universal venture, with over 80% of Americans laying claim to it.
And the road to resilience is a profound one. Below are thirteen quotes illustrating the path from hurt to healing.
Hurt people, hurt people. Only healing ends the cycle.
Quote: If you never heal from what hurt you, you’ll bleed on people who didn’t cut you. – Tamara Kulish
The pain we carry makes it difficult to trust and form healthy relationships.
Quote: I push people away because I’m afraid I might not heal again if I get hurt. I push them away and paint my walls so good they can’t recognize me anymore. I don’t give people a chance. – Inspired by Bisma Ijaz
Left unaddressed, it can lead to sadness and manifest as anger towards ourselves and others.
Quote: Someone said, “anger is sadness that has had nowhere to go for a very long time,” and I’ll never forget that. – Unknown
And that anger, fueled by hurt, can creep out in some unsavory ways.
Quote: A person begging for their humanity to be acknowledged can sound an awful lot like rage. – Kalen Dion
Pain clouds the lens we use to interpret the world around us.
Quote: Heal so you can hear what’s being said without the filter of your wound. – Unknown
But it doesn’t need to harden our hearts. We can choose another way.
Quote: I admire people who could have turned cold after everything they’ve been through but still choose love anyway. There’s strength in that. – Keneilwe Dr. Mhlanga
We can heal. While painful temporarily, it’s the only way to stop the hurt.
Quote: Healing doesn’t have to look magical or pretty. Real healing is hard, exhausting, and draining. Let yourself go through it. Don’t try to paint it as anything other than what it is. Be there for yourself without judgment. – Unknown
Healing means being vulnerable. But there’s strength in that.
Quote: Vulnerability is about being brave enough to show up again and again. Even when it’s hard. Even when there’s been hurt. – Lauren Fortenberry
Because it’s the battles that we face that shape us and make us strong.
Quote: She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she’s won. – Matt Baker
And in the path from hurt to healing, we can grow.
Quote: If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow. – @MasteringLawofAttraction
We can find meaning.
Quote: Healing never came when I clawed in search of it. Instead, it came when I was willing to listen to the lesson the pain was here to teach me. – Lauren Fortenberry
And while there are no easy paths for solving the hardest in life.
Quote: There are no easy answers. No quick solutions. No clear paths for resolving the hardest in life. But we can choose forgiveness. We can choose grace. No matter what, we can still choose love. – Lauren Fortenberry
You will one day heal from the hurt. And in the journey to that healing, you will become strong.
Quote: You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day, you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun, and you close your eyes, lean your head back and realize you’re okay. – Cheryl Strayed
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