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Kintsukuroi: To understand that a piece is more beautiful for having been broken


(meaning ) to repair with gold

The art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

About four years ago my life changed. Looking back I would say I pretty much hit rock bottom — mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I didn't know who I was anymore, in which direction I was going , or where I'd even been for that matter. It was painful; Some friends stood by me, some didn't. It was lonely and scary but it made me finally realise I had no choice but to face myself brutally, painfully, and honestly.

At the time it felt like things would never get better, that things would never be good again.

Now looking back … I feel nothing but gratitude for the lessons I've learnt and the trust in myself I've gained.

You might think I’m mad for saying this but I’d do it all again for the enlightenment and growth I gained through what were most definitely my darkest hours. But like any good adventure it’s only worthwhile if you come back having learned some solid lessons, with wisdom to share from having survived the fall.

I learnt that forgiveness is the path to liberation, it will ultimately set you free. Sometimes the person you have to forgive the most is yourself. Once you start to forgive you begin to let go, and you can start to rebuild and move forward.

Only when the old foundations crumble can you begin to build again on new and solid ground.

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