A picture is worth a thousand words.
What do you see in this picture of a broken mug? I barely need to add a word about it, because it speaks for itself.
But, about the mug. It belonged to my daughter. How much more cheerful can you get as a teacher than to have this mug brightening your classroom! Since she’s been gone, this bright yellow mug has been smiling at me from a shelf in the room where I sit and write. The other day, I accidentally overloaded the shelf above it, and the shelf came crashing down off the wall. The only thing broken in the fall was this mug. I picked up the pieces intending to throw it away. Of course. Why would I keep a broken mug? I put the broken pieces inside the mug, set it aside, and continued picking up the rest of the fallen items.
After getting everything picked up, I looked at the mug smiling at me from the shelf. No, I decided then and there. I’m not throwing that mug away. I’m going to glue the pieces back together and keep it, because I see the metaphor. Do you? Broken, but, still smiling. Need I say more?