Kintsugi: aka my philosophy on life.

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For years, I’ve found myself identifying that the concept of turning obstacles into opportunity (or “ad astra per aspera,” dontchaknow) has become the distillation of my life’s purpose. Not just for myself, but also through leading by example, encouraging others to do the same.

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That simple philosophy has been such a major influence on my life, that it led me to create The Broke-Ass Bride, and this blog right here. It has gotten me through the many, many struggles I’ve encountered, and inspired me to fight ever harder to maintain an inspired life, positive outlook, and build a better future. Fighting through struggles, reaching for the stars. Not just surviving, but thriving.

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So, you’re probably wondering what Kintsugi has to do with all this. It’s a funny word, right? It means “golden joinery.” Today, thanks to the power of Facebook, and one of my heroes, Elizabeth Gilbert, I learned about the Japanese art of Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi), in which broken pieces of porcelain are repaired with gold and lacquer to fill their cracks… thereby rather than masking their imperfections, they are made more beautiful by those imperfections.

Kintsugi as a personal philosophy

Isn’t that a beautiful way to approach the idea of repair? Whether in reference to porcelain or oneself? I certainly love the idea of practicing this at home when our dishes break. Artist Lotte Dekker developed a DIY Kintsugi kit that I definitely plan to order.

Anyway, the clearer my life’s purpose becomes, the more things like this resonate. I absolutely love this metaphor my core philosophy.

What do you think about Kintsugi as an analogy for life and how to approach it’s challenges? Have you identified your life’s purpose/core philosophy?


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4 thoughts on “Kintsugi: aka my philosophy on life.

  1. Said it before, I’ll say it again: Gold crack. No seriously, this is great and I want it on a material level.

    On a personal level, YES. When you go through serious, traumatic things, the way you fix yourself or the way those around you fill you with enough love for you to heal — that’s gold. When your heart breaks, and then you go through the process of meeting someone who is more perfect for you than you can ever imagine because they care about you, all of you, — that’s gold. When you fall in life but are able to find yourself upright and standing even taller and more successful — that’s gold.

    Gold crack, yo.

  2. Wow, beautiful dishes and concept. This is the right way to take on life and I hope I can remember it during any struggles in the future. 🙂

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