In Japan, there is a concept known as kintsugi, translated as “golden joinery”, in which broken pottery is repaired by joining the pieces together with a lacquer mixed with flecks of gold or silver. The cracks are seen not as flaws, but rather as strengths. The restored piece is considered beautiful, not in spite of its damage, but because of it.
I love this concept as a metaphor for life. Even the most broken among us can become whole. Our cracks don’t mean we are no longer useful. Instead, they give us character. They make us stronger in some areas. I don’t need to strive for perfection. Instead, I can learn to accept and appreciate the intricate patterns that emerge from being repaired. These are gold.
Life is all about being broken and put back together. None of us will make it out without a few cracks. The cracks are what make us who we are!