The Japanese art form of kintsugi: embracing the imperfections of life
Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. --Virginia Satir
Life is fragile and, sometimes, our lives and dreams are shattered by unexpected events. How do we find a way towards hope and healing? There are many beliefs and philosophies one may embrace. I'd like to introduce you today to the Japanese art of kintsugi.
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with lacquer mixed with precious metals, like gold, silver, or platinum . If an object of pottery is broken, rather than discarding it, the pieces are painstakingly put together over months. Instead of trying to hide the damage, the cracks are highlighted in precious metal.
For the Japanese, kintsugi is part of a philosophy of embracing our human flaws and life’s fragility. It is about celebrating imperfections. It offers an approach to life. Kintsugi teaches us that in life we can turn adversity into something that is beautiful and resilient. Kintsugi shows us that in time, we can heal from our wounds, embrace our imperfections, and become stronger. Kintsugi reminds us that no matter our difficulties, we can find a way to reframe and find meaning in life. When things fall apart in our fragile lives, there is a path forward. There is a way to find peace with our imperfections and our lives. If you'd like to read more about kintsugi, try this website.
I am imperfect, you are imperfect and that’s perfect. --Author unknown
I would love to hear how you plan to embrace life's imperfections in the New Year?