Stronger in the broken places

It took me a long time to learn and appreciate how much stronger and more beautiful we are in all our broken places. Today, I received this beautiful black bowl which was part of @raymondlauchengco ‘s “Unbroken” series. Raymond has mastered the art of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, we can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break (like every sorrow or loss) is unique and instead of repairing an item like new (believing that we can return to who or what we were before the breaking), the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the “scars” as a part of the design. Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.

I’ve placed this beautiful black bowl in an area at home where it is among the first and last things I see on any given day. A beautiful reminder of how there is no shame in our brokenness or in our scars. That we must instead be grateful because, really there is a lot of beauty and strength in embracing what we, or others, might perceive as flaws. I bought this this bowl (set on a base of eucalyptus wood) to remind me of of God’s faithfulness to us during this pandemic — that His grace is the golden glue that mends us; and of the strengths I found within during this most challenging period of our lives.

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