Fill your cracks with shining gold

Do you value the cracked, chipped version of yourself as much as the polished, perfect whole?

I was reminded of this important but often forgotten mindset after reading the travel memoir The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan. Kim writes:

In Japanese culture there is an art of fixing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer. The lacquer highlights the pottery’s flaw as a celebrated part of its history. Because the piece has been salvaged and repaired, pulled back from the edge of destruction, it is considered even more beautiful for having been broken…. [N]ow there [is] gold where the cracks used to be.

We can each fill our own cracks with gold, celebrate (not hide) our flaws and reclaim these (im)perfections as beautiful parts of who we are. ♥️

Further inspiration from Kim in The Yellow Envelope:

I could see now that it was possible to live a long life poorly, or a short life well, and that at any moment, one might shift their position and, after years of hibernation, decide to crawl out of the den and live.

 

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