I have been cleaning out my old office, taking too long and not throwing enough away. There are many reminders of work done long ago, ideas that have shaped me and people I have known and loved over the years. This blog is a great way to remember some of them.
Today I found an old computer print out that was given to me by a community person. It is from a blog or website called ‘Life, edited’, and is about the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, which entails repairing broken or cracked pottery by filling the cracks with gold. What a beautiful idea, that flawed and broken items can be made more precious, can be strengthened and their beauty enhanced, rather than being thrown away because of the damage.
It is easy to see how this can apply to people too. When we feel tender because of hurts we’ve suffered, wouldn’t it be good if we could see this as an opportunity to become more beautiful, our understanding of the world made greater, our strength reinforced.
This reminds me of the idea that vulnerability is a strength. This notion always seems counterintuitive, but I do believe that ultimately, being able to show our precious and tender hearts, rather than hardening up, will get us further in the end.
It is also related to another Japanese concept, wabi-sabi, the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. What a relief to be able to cultivate our gorgeous ordinariness, not having to worry about perfection when we can bask in being wonderful instead.