“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.“~ L.R. Knost
A friend told me that this quotation in my post the other day reminded her of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the practice of joining fragments of shattered pottery with precious metals that not only salvages the piece, but also enhances it. She sent me a lovely article which explains that because pottery breaks so randomly, each item’s gleaming cracks are unique, as is each rejuvenated object.
The author wisely encourages us to follow this practice with ourselves and our “cracks,” learning from and highlighting them. They heighten how each one of us is unique with our own inimitable treasures to share, many of them garnered through challenges.
What a vibrant approach to living! Bouncing back from loss, pain, and other difficulties and transforming them alchemically into gold. A practice wholly contrasted with one that is so often followed in which we reject things and parts of ourselves that are injured, broken, discarding them when they may carry even greater possibility than previously.
Kintsugi reminds me of the stunning words of the poet Rumi: “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” In this season of love, may its light fill you, heal you and glow through your precious scars.