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Kintsugi: The Art of Embracing Flaws

Kintsugi is a Japanese art of putting pieces of broken pottery back together with gold — built on the assertion that one can make an even better, more beautiful piece of art by accepting flaws and imperfections. Every break is unique, and instead of repairing an item like a new one, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the “scars” as part of the design. Use this as a metaphor for restoring ourselves teaches us an essential lesson: sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken down, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.

The video by Goodful below shows the art and origin of Kintsugi.


I wanted to share light of Kintsugi approach of making the most of what is already, highlight the beauty of what we do, the flaws and everything, rather than leaving eternally to grasp more, different, other or better. In other words, the experience you have, and the person you already are is enough. Occasionally, you may chip and break and need repairs. And that’s all right. But reality is the best and most abundant material on the planet, available to anyone, comes for free, and we can all use what we already have — including our flaws — to make it even more beautiful.

After all, it’s our cracks that gives us character. And lets us shine!

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