Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer resin. Its earliest origins can be traced back to 15th century China when an officer in the military sent back a tea bowl for repairs. It was returned to him, patched up and completely usable.
The Japanese quickly caught hold of the idea, and improved on it by adding the powdered gold to the lacquer.
These mended pots were so beautiful that people began intentionally breaking valuable ceramics just so they could be mended.
Not only did the golden veins in the repaired pottery add beauty, the broken pots were more valuable than they were when they were in their original, unblemished state.
Your Cracks Are The Source Of Your Beauty
You see where this is going…
You are like these pots. You gain value as you weather the hardships of life. Every time you chip, break, and shatter is proof of your value. It is through your trials, your imperfections, and your flaws that you gain your most valuable virtues. These “imperfections” are the evidence of your courage, tenacity, patience, love, and strength. They are proof of the lessons you’ve learned and the growth you’ve experienced. With each struggle, crack, and repair, you add to your beauty.
So often we see these “cracks” as a reason for us to be unlovable, unwanted, or unworthy. And yet, their existence is the exact polar opposite.
Your cracks are what make you so different from every human on the planet. Learn to love your cracks. They are the very source of your soul’s beauty.