“It’s Our Scars That Make Us Beautiful” –name of a Toni Brou art piece.
“We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret.
Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying.
A scar means, I survived.”
— Chris Cleave, Little Bee
And since scars do not form on the dying or the dead…. it means we are ALIVE! Live in the beauty of your scars. Not to be defined by them, but to be proud of who you are in the strength and wisdom that has grown… to be alive. Scars mean you are alive. It means you have taken a risk somewhere, learned something, been given a gift, no matter how deep the scar is… it is a blessing. Do not be paralyzed by your scars or the wounds that were under them or the situation that caused the scars to begin with, but instead, look at them in awe and smile in the life that you have and that they have led you to.
This is a photo of a special tree that grows in the Pacific Northwest. It has a bark property that allows for a thicker, rust colored bark to grow over where the original bark has been scratched or penetrated.
I liken it to the human process of Keliod scarring or the emotional process of building walls around your wounds.