Cracked pottery can teach us a lot about ourselves.
Like pottery bowls, we’ve experienced bumps, chips and breakages in our life-journey. We may have been betrayed, deeply hurt or made some big mistakes. Maybe we’ve loved and lost. Life is not perfect and Life is not fair.
What if we could learn to embrace our flawed and imperfect life? What if we could accept our past experiences and not dwell on what we shoud have done differently? Japanese philosphers call this phenomenon ‘Kintsugi’: Embracing the flawed and imperfect aspects of an object, allowing it to be of service to the end of it’s life. Wow! If that’s not a metaphor for life, I don’t know what is.
As humans, we find Kintsugi difficult. We have a tendency to dwell on our cracks (or on other’s) and miss out on life as we run around trying to to prevent the next inevitable crack from ocurring.
Our cracks don’t have to define or control us. They are gold. They are valuable. They remind us of what we’ve overcome and increase our resilience. They make us interesting, beautiful and strong.
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