Kintsukuroi

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I love words. I subscribe to a “word of the day” type feed and today’s word was kintsukuroi. “To repair with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.”

I think people can be seen this way. I don’t think it’s good that bad things happen to people, but those people who have been broken or who have been through hardships are often kinder and gentler souls than those who have never had to deal with hardships. I think that some of the most beautiful people have had some of the most extraordinary and elaborate kintsukuroi but instead of gold or silver they have filled the broken places with kindness, compassion, love, acceptance, and empathy. The strongest people are those who persevere beyond what society expects of them and accomplish great things in spite of having been broken and mended. They have an inner strength, an inner beauty, that defies expectations and makes them extraordinary.

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