“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” – Mockingjay, Book 3 of The Hunger Games
Falling apart is never easy. It’s like watching yourself break into a million shattered pieces, not knowing whether you could put the pieces back again and be the whole person that you were. Falling apart is falling into brokenness. It is also falling into aloneness, for in that dark place of brokenness, few people would ever want to reach out and take part in your darkness.
Picking Up the Pieces
All these is hard, and yet what’s really more difficult is picking up the pieces one by one and putting yourself back together. Yes, it takes ten times as long, even a hundred times as long. By picking up those pieces, you face all your hurts again. By putting them back, you re-live all your sufferings, your shame, your anger. You can’t put all the pieces back without learning from them and becoming stronger. To stay as you were is to fail to hold them back together, and you would only fall apart again.
Awareness and Kindness
Many people do not realize this and so they are careless with their words or their actions. They don’t know how others are merely holding on, trying hard not to fall apart. Awareness is sometimes the key to kindness. Had they been aware of the other person’s struggles, they could have been gentler and more careful of other people’s hearts. Do something of the sort today. Try to be kinder and more tolerant. Forgive more. Love more. Other people may already be falling apart.
MOCKINGJAY is the third book of THE HUNGER GAMES. It is the conclusion to the trilogy of a dystopian world where children of a rebellious region were made to undergo a deadly game as a yearly reminder of the costs of rebellion. It is meant to exact fear, although it guises itself under the banner of peace.