"Milk and Honey" is a must-read collection of poetry and prose by Rupi Kaur. The book is divided into four sections: The hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Every poem is raw with emotion. Some of the poems tend to pull on your heartstrings. The following are the poems from "Milk and Honey" that resonate within me the most.
Usually we associate volume with power, but sometimes being soft is powerful. In certain situations, most people resort to attacking their opponent, however, being soft is a more mature reaction to situations. On the other hand, do not be a pushover; instead pick your battles.
This poem is a good reminder that everything happens for a reason. Every event in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Every loss is followed by a gain, so do not be discouraged by failure. Losses may even be gains in disguise. For example, you may lose a friend, but that loss has led to you finding a group of loyal friends.
Do not suppress your individuality. Others' opinions should not dictate your actions/thoughts. If you are happy with what you are doing/creating that is all that is needed. Instead of living to fit in, embrace your distinctiveness. Your art has no value if you yourself do not like it, regardless of how many people do. On the other hand, your art is priceless if you appreciate it, even though no one does.
Bitter people are often the ones that have been a victim to bitterness in some point in their lives. No one is born bitter, however, certain events/people in their life have led them to resort to bitterness. Kindness is the best weapon to use on these people. Bitter people need to be shown kindness for them to change.
As a high schooler, I can relate to this poem. Everyone is so competitive in every aspect of life, whether it be academics, social life, sports, or extracurriculars. When a girl has a big circle of friends, people get envious. When the same girl fails a test, they feel relieved. I am guessing this is an instinctive response in our minds to ensure that we are on the same level as everyone else. It is difficult to celebrate others' victories and mourn their failures, however, it is necessary to learn to.
I live by the words "time heals everything". I truly believe time is the ultimate healer. At the moment, it seems as if you will never heal, but give it time. It may take days, weeks, years or even decades, but in some point in your life, you will be at least partially healed. Until you reach that point in your life, keep pushing through.
Apply this poem to any aspect of your life, not just love. For example, you may have a friend you have known since kindergarten, but the friend you met one year ago is more present in your life . Just because someone was your first friend or the friend you have known for the longest does not make them your best friend. The quality of a relationship matters more than the duration.
At the end of the day, the only person you have left is yourself. Everyone can leave, so you must accept the fact that you yourself is all you have. Embrace your solitude, do not avoid it.
When you get a taste of success, it is difficult to stay humble, but it is necessary to always stay grounded to your roots. Always remember the people who have helped you reach this point in your life, and be sure to thank them. Stay grounded and stay humble.
Growth and improvement are important for our lives, however, there are certain traits we cannot change. We must learn to accept and even love those features, whether it be physical or emotional. Acceptance leads to self love, and self love leads to confidence.
Giving to people, knowing that you will get nothing in return is one of the most selfless things a person can do. The people who cannot give back are the ones in dire need. Giving the homeless man a few dollars to buy a meal or donating to charity goes a long way.