These suggestions for emotional healing will help you know what to do after a breakup. They’re inspired by The Parable of the Tiger and the Strawberries – one of my favorite stories of acceptance, being in the moment, and victory!
Maybe you stayed in a relationship too long because you didn’t know what to do after the breakup. Fear of the unknown is why many of us don’t leave relationships when we know we should. Emotional healing is also scary for us because it involves pain and grief.
These tips will help you know what to do after a breakup. They’re inspired by The Parable of the Tiger and the Strawberries – a parable that will help you fill the void after a breakup and move forward in faith, confidence, and hope.
The Parable of the Tiger and the Strawberries
A streak of tigers is chasing a young princess warrior. They are big. They are mean. They are hungry. The princess warrior has long passed “tired” – she is nearing the point of exhaustion.
She comes to a cliff at the edge of the jungle. Behind her, she can hear the tigers crashing through the underbrush. She knows she can’t go back. She sees a thick vine growing over the edge of the rock face cliff.
The princess warrior scampers down the vine, out of reach of the snarling pack of tigers above.
Relieved, she lowers herself down the vine…and then she looks below her. A big gray wolf is sitting at the bottom of the vine, patiently waiting for her to descend. She stops and ponders her situation. Above, a snarling streak of tigers. Below, a hungry wolf.
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A movement above catches her eye. Looking up, she sees a tiny gray mouse busily chewing on the vine that she is clinging to. She has only a few moments before she falls into the jaws of the wolf below.
Just then the princess warrior notices a luscious patch of strawberries growing on the side of the cliff face, right next to her. They are quite possibly the plumpest, reddest and most gorgeous strawberries she has ever seen. She isn’t hungry, but she figures she might as well spend her last few minutes tasting what this world has to offer. She reaches over, picks a strawberry, and bites into it. Juice drips down her chin and onto her shirt. It is the best strawberry she has ever eaten.
Revived by the strawberry, the princess warrior swings over and sits on the ledge. She eats another one. It’s better than the first. She sighs, stretches, and suddenly sees a trail leading down the mountain. She couldn’t see it from whether she was before.
The princess warrior follows the trail, which leads her away from the snarling streak of tigers, the hungry wolf, and the pesky mouse. She is free.