It’s been a pretty intense week. My family & I experienced a death in the family & it’s been an emotional & reflective time to say the least.
I was having a conversation with a good friend, discussing moving forward from challenging times & through the conversation something became crystal to me.
WE ARE KINTSUKUROI!
what is Kintsukuroi?
Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold.
It’s originates from eastern philosophy of Kinstugi (Kin= Golden stugi= Joinery). In the 15th Century the shogun of Japan Ashikaga Yoshimasa (whose mum was called Tomiko, shout out to reader Tomiko!) broke his favourite tea-pot. He sent it to China for repair, however it came back held together with staples & looked pretty busted & unaesthetically pleasing to the shogun. Japanese craftsmen were able to put the tea pot together again using lacquer mixed with the most expensive Gold.
With Kintsukuroi, no attempt is made to disguise the cracks, instead they are accentuated with this precious metal & made all the better by joining the broken pieces to make a beautiful whole.
METAPHOR FOR LIFE
This is such a dope metaphor for life; That the experiences that may break us, or situations that seperate us from ourselves, can be woven into our own beautiful testimonies. The broken pieces being the test. Life is the gold. Friends, family, experiences, passion, faith & persistance all help to create the lacquer with which we stitch together our masterpiece. Our flaws give us character, texture & dimension.
Whatever you are battling or working through, just know its ok to break sometimes. Perfection is neither interesting, nor possible. By overcoming, we really are alchemists transforming shituations (yes shit situations) to gold. We are Kintsukuroi.
Have a wonder day & don’t be afraid to drop a comment!
A x 💋
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