A beautiful fake smile...
I have no way of knowing when this quote originated, but it is certainly poignant now, after the fact.
No one knows just how broken someone is. Broken people usually have their armour firmly in place and their face set in stone. It is a learned response of protection and survival that they have perfected. It is not necessarily the appropriate response in all situations, but it keeps them going. It is hard to imagine the intensity of the pain that these people have suffered, and the day to day struggle to keep it together.
My heart goes out to all of the wounded souls on earth, but I am well aware that this doesn't help their situation one bit. There is a helpless feeling when you are confronted with the frailties of our fellow humans. It is even harder when their hurt is so deep, it doesn't show on their face. You have no way of identifying the fact that it's there. In many cases they wouldn't appreciate acknowledgement, as that could be considered an unwelcome confrontation. Many broken people don't seek help because they cannot bear the suffering all over again; therefore, it remains locked away deep in the depths of the soul.
These poor souls simply cannot download the emotions of life: can’t see or feel love, contentment, compassion etc. and yet it is what their souls yearn for. They just want to be loved and yet do everything in their power to make sure they are not. They have been so beat up at soul level, that they cannot trust anyone. It is a sad truth that no matter how hard you try to show them love, they cannot accept it. They 'know' they are unlovable or unworthy, because this is what they have been led to believe. "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."