Whether you are in a restaurant, your kitchen or a store, there is one sound that is indistinguishable—the sound of glass crashing onto the floor.  For nearby observers, the falling objects often seem to plummet to the ground in awkward, slow motion.  Surrounding activities often screech to a paralytic halt after the crash.  The most frequently uttered words spoken during the event are a drawn out “Nooooooooooooo” or a choice of varying expletives.  But as dramatic as the precursory events are, it is moments that follow that are most significant—picking up the pieces.

Cleaning up the aftermath of broken glass is the hardest part.  If you are not careful, you could become injured by the fragmented particles.  While the large shards of glass could cause some damage, it’s usually the smaller splinter that remain after the initial sweep that cause the most harm.  Those broken pieces often fall between the crevices of the tile or under furniture and wait for an opportune moment to cause damage.

There is also a sense of guilt and regret that accompanies the cleanup:  “If only I had been more careful.”  Oftentimes, we play through the events in our head and think about how we could have done things differently.  The truth is, life happen.  Accidents happen.  Sometimes we can’t control the glass from slipping through our fingers.  Sometimes relationships slip through our fingers.  Our finances slip through our fingers.  But regardless of how our scenario fragments, we have to learn to pick up the pieces.  If we leave the broken glass on the floor, one sure thing will happen.  We will keep getting cut by the fragments.  In order to clean up, the first thing we have to do is a clean sweep to ensure that there are no broken particles left behind.  Next, we have to buy a new glass.  Sure this will cost us.  Everything in life has a cost.  However, we may find that the new glass may be better than before.  Even if it’s not, we now know the pitfalls that caused the first glass to break, and we will become more careful with the new glass.  We have to move on.  Lamenting over the broken glass won’t cause it to spontaneous regenerate.  It won’t cause it to be whole again.  In order for us to become whole again, we have to pick up the pieces of our shattered glass.