I have recently begun using mosaic as an expression of my arty side and I love it. I love taking things that are broken and sticking them together, making something new and beautiful out of what would normally be discarded.
The Japanese have a tradition they call Kintsugi - ‘the art of broken pieces' -where they repair broken ceramics with precious metal. Kintsugi philosophy recognises the history of the object and incorporates the repair instead of disguising it, with the result being something far more beautiful than the original.
It got me thinking about how people are like that. We all suffer, that is the nature of human kind. It was once written ‘man is born to trouble just as sparks will always fly upwards’ and I think we all know the truth in that, it is a bullet none of us get to dodge.
The difference between a pile of broken pieces and a beautiful vessel fit for use again is what we do with our suffering. We can let it break us completely, or we can put ourselves back together again with things that are valuable. Precious things like patience, forgiveness, forbearance, thoughtfulness, hope, love …. we each have own list according to our own troubles.
Nowhere can I see that this is easy. Like fitting pieces of a smashed bowl together again with gold, it takes time. It can be difficult with a few false starts and sometimes it takes a helping hand.
But there is one thing I know, it’s doable because humanity is resilient. So, let’s aspire to have sparkly preciousness reflecting out of our lives because within every one of us there is the potential for something amazing to emerge out of hard times.
When we break, aspire to become something more beautiful from it. Kia kaha friends - Kintsugi.