Friedrich Schiller says, “What’s old collapses, times change, and new life blossoms in the ruins.”
As I walking through downtown Minneapolis I was gently reminded that there is a beauty within the ruins. Ruins by definition is something that has become reduced from it’s original stature or is in decay. However, this is by world’s standards. I think of famous ruins like Pompeii or Rome that people will travel to view, to admire, to find a story within or the new found beauty in the silence of the ruins. Both of these I have walked through and in those moments found no value in broken stone or the history they carry but after seeing the parallel of life and ruins can truly appreciate the abstractness that has become their renewed beauty!
Our mamas come in with a mindset that their stories or their life is a pile of ruins and possess no meaning, beauty and that all hope was stripped out. Their time in the home is not about putting all the pieces back together to rebuild their original state, but rather looking at each crack, each hole or brokenness and seeing the new masterpiece that they have created and the beauty within the story and the ruins. It’s about reminding them the story is not over just because life has life altering events to this once put together structure of life.
Everyday is a new day to find the beauty, to change the perspective we have within our own lives ruins….to accept them and create a new masterpiece…a new story….a restored beauty in the silence of the ruins!