Kintsukuroi Life

japanese pottery Kintsukuroi

I found a John Ruskin quote that reminded me of Kintsukuroi pottery. Kintsukuroi means to “repair with gold.” When a piece of pottery is broken, it is repaired with precious gold. There is an understanding that the piece is now more beautiful for having been broken. The past ‘misfortune’ of the piece is not concealed, it is highlighted and prominently featured. The damage is now what makes the piece of pottery more unique, more sacred, more valuable, more special, more loved.

This is the quote I found by John Ruskin: “Imperfection is in some way sort of essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be, rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent… And in all things that live there are certain irregularities and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty… To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life my be effort, and the law of human judgement, mercy.”

What would life be like is we viewed ourselves in this way? Would we not be happier? More fulfilled? Finally, for once in our life,  feeling completely free? Free to be ourselves fully, free to love ourselves fully, free to simply exist in all of our glory fully? And what would life be like if we viewed others in this way? What would life be like if we saw the whole of life in this way?

A kintsukuroi life is not made of dreams and fantasies. It is bold, brutally honest, all embracing, and very real. It is there for any brave soul that cares enough to take a stand; standing in reverence and appreciation, for everyone and everything — including themselves.


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