Kintsukuroi – The Golden Repair

I recently learned of the Japanese tradition of “Kintsugi” literally meaning “the golden repair”. Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi) is the art of restoration of broken pottery, utilizing either gold or silver in the repair, thereby increasing the value beyond its original cost. An object many would consider not worth fixing is repaired- and in the process is transformed into precious art.

I thought about this for a moment and realized that anyone can create a golden repair.  That same philosophy could be created in a simple personal way. It would not require a lot of money or even time. It could be done as easily as saying thank you to a waitress or smiling at a stranger. It is just a matter of projecting a simple precious moment into someone’s life.

By that simple act an average instance can be transformed into a special moment that can be shared and passed on to others. Just think of the impact that could be made by just sharing a smile and creating a special moment for a stranger today.

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.”

– Eugene O’Neill

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