Kintsugi siza
8 / June

Imperfectly Perfect

The Japanese art that embraces imperfections.

I know the story about Kintsugi has been told many times, but I thought it is worth it to be reminded of it again. This ancient Japanese art beautifies broken or cracked pottery and it teaches us that scars can be turned into art, and blemishes can sometimes be celebrated.


I feel there are so many beautiful lessons in this art.

"Kintsugi, or gold splicing, is a physical manifestation of resilience. Instead of discarding marred vessels, practitioners of the art repair broken items with a golden adhesive that enhances the break lines, making the piece unique. They call attention to the lines made by time and rough use; these aren’t a source of shame. This practice — also known as kintsukuroi, which literally means gold mending — emphasises the beauty and utility of breaks and imperfections. It turns a problem into a plus."


This year I am aware of more and more people that are just tired of the constant pressure to be perfect and to do and be more than their time allows. I am picking up a sentiment of people almost giving up on the idea of being perfect. To me, that is progress. No one is perfect. You can only be yourself. You make mistakes, you crack sometimes, let's mend it and embrace those lessons we have learnt.


The other positive about this art is that it rebels against the high level of waste creation in our world today. "It corresponds to the Japanese notions of “mottainai,” an expression of regret at waste, and “mushin,” the need to accept change." We really do have more than enough waste on this planet already, so if there is a chance that something can be fixed, embrace it!


The Kintsugi philosophy encourages us to make the most of what already is, to highlight the beauty of what we have, flaws and all. I don't know about you, but that appeals to me much more than the never-ending quest to be more or better or perfect. I like the idea of being kinder to yourself, to embrace the lessons you have learnt along the way and to live your life with pride, sharing the wisdom you acquired along the way. After all, it is our cracks that give us character. That is why I thought it a good lesson to be reminded of again.


Here's to a 2020 of being kinder to yourself and other!


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