What happens when life cracks your “shell?”

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, you can’t help seeing colored eggs this time of year.

The egg has a long symbolic history. Due to its shape, it’s been a symbol of the earth and the basis of ancient creation stories. As Europe became Christian, eggs became a symbol of Easter and the resurrection. The egg is also part of the Jewish Passover holiday that takes place in spring. It is a symbol of sacrifice and loss. In China, red eggs are given out at the one month birthday of a new baby. It’s customary to hold a Red Egg and Ginger Party, as a symbol of fertility and the beginning of life.

The decoration of eggs spans the continuum of jeweled, painted and engraved works of art to children’s colored multicolored, joyful creations. We all seem to intuitively understand not only the symbolism, but also the joy that comes with honoring that symbolism.

All eggs have shells, and these shells can be broken and wasted, or they can be broken and used for nourishment.  As part of a recipe, an egg becomes part of something bigger and more lasting. Eggs come in different colors, grades and sizes.  Most importantly, they can be fragile, if uncooked or hard, if cooked correctly.

Individuals are even described as “good eggs” or “rotten eggs”. We talk about “walking on eggshells” around certain people or situations.  We somehow know that we have an inner self and outer shell. We know that some people and situations are harder or more fragile than others.

We know that sometimes cracking open the shells we hide in is healing and sometimes protecting the shell (our boundaries) is a sign of health. Sometimes we are not sure whether or how we should crack open shells. We are not always sure what to do with whatever is found inside our shells. We also, intuitively, know that every time we crack open an egg, it is a bit of an adventure.

Are you worried that life is shattering your “outer shell” right now?  Afraid what will happen to your family if your shell cracks?  Or maybe you’re curious about coming out of your shell and moving towards a healthier life?  If you’re ready to take that first step, please contact Aurora Family Service — in springtime or anytime.

Aurora Family Service helps families overcome challenges, changes and crisis to live well again.

We achieve stability and strength for families through counseling, parenting, elder care, financial, career, health and community services.  For more information, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, or call 1-414-342-4560.



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