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Beauty in Brokenness

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I took this photo at the butterfly exhibit at Gainesville’s Natural History Museum.    This is a Blue Morpho… they start out all brown and turn this beautiful blue once they reach maturity.  This particular Morpho is near the end of its life and his wings are tattered and broken… the beauty in his brokenness really speaks to me.  I’ve felt so broken for most of my life.

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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13 comments on “Beauty in Brokenness

  1. theshotgungirl
    March 6, 2014

    I love Blue Morphos. They are so beautiful. Cool picture.

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  2. Paula McLane Jennings
    March 6, 2014

    spectacular photo! Love butterflies. I see that you are struggling/healing with many of the things I am. A great book for you to read would be ‘Not Marked’ by Mary DeMuth.

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  3. tilde531
    March 6, 2014

    I often find beauty in death and broken-ness as you have here, too. Folks think it’s morbid but they don’t understand how cathartic and life-affirming it really is.
    This is a beautiful image.
    I wish you continued healing and much more beauty in life….

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    • justmebaby1967
      March 7, 2014

      I do as well, people call me morbid. I have my reasons. Mostly because I see beauty in the release and in the sadness. That’s coming out all wrong, but wanted to say I agree.


  4. There is beauty in all of us even the broken ones.
    Great capture of a beautiful butterfly.

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    • autisticaplanet
      March 6, 2014

      I agree and also identify with the butterfly. Beauty and freedom follow hardship. A new creature emerges from the cocoon.

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    March 6, 2014

    What an amazing photo !

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  6. markthegodchaser
    March 6, 2014

    Reblogged this on wildgoodness.


  7. Leah Givens
    March 7, 2014

    I also photographed an…imperfect, I guess you could say…butterfly once that was memorable because I could relate. Great picture, and good luck on your journey.


  8. thehappyhugger
    March 7, 2014

    Stunning photo!


  9. lumar1298
    March 7, 2014

    So many troubled souls… Hope photography brings comfort… Lor


  10. crazyguyinthailand
    March 7, 2014



  11. lumar1298
    March 8, 2014

    Reblogged this on Let There be Peace on Earth and commented:
    What I enjoy about this blog is the collection of photographs from people working towards a goal by creative means… These are people suffering from many forms of emotional issues and I am so very glad to hear creativity is used to help them heal…

    So many troubled souls…
    Disheartening at times…
    Sadness in the world…
    There’s a better way for those who search…
    Working towards their well being in such a creative way…
    I wish for all those troubled souls…
    To be at peace within…
    Love and purpose in their way…


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