The Art of Repairing Our Lives

By Tomás Novarro

Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is the ancient Japanese art of repairing what has been broken. When a ceramic piece breaks, the masters of kintsugi repair it with gold, leaving the reconstruction highly visible because, for them, a reconstructed piece is a symbol of fragility, strength, and beauty. Ceramics are fragile, strong, and beautiful at the same time, like people. Just like our lives, they can break, but they can also be healed if you know how.

The most important thing in this life is to live, which is not the same thing as to survive. When we live, everything is more intense; our bodies are moved with each emotion. Living is reserved only for the brave. Don’t try to live a pleasant life devoid of suffering. Instead, seek an active and full life, knowing that you are stronger than any of the adversities you could ever encounter, aware that you will always be able to heal.

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Excerpted from Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Embracing the Imperfect and Loving Your Flaws © 2018, 2019 by Tomás Navarro. Translation copyright © 2018 by Jennifer Adcock. Used by permission from the publisher, Sounds True, Inc. For more information visit SoundsTrue.com.

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