Kintsugi – Beauty In the Cracks

“From time to time, we all break. Relationships break, aspirations break, friendships break, health and wealth suffer cracks and at times we feel incapable of repairing ourselves. These are the very times that can make us beautiful. All that is needed is faith that whatever is happening has a cause and reason behind it. Often when we are in the midst of a perceived negative event it is impossible to see the good in that situation. But when we look back we can see that because of that event, our life took a different trajectory.” – Shveitta

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“When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” – Barbara Bloom

Kintsugi is a Japanese art form where broken pottery is fixed with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold. Once the broken pottery is fixed with gold, it actually looks much more attractive than the original.

Reverend Steve Bolen, Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, Texas, on the metaphor found in the art of Kintsugi.

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