Our Brokenness Is Our Beauty

We really do have a lot more in common. Our eyes, hair, and skin may be different in color, but the truth is that we all share humanity. What is humanity? The word humanity is from the Latin humanitas for "human nature, kindness.” Humanity includes all humans, but it can also refer to the kind feelings humans often have for each other.

This makes each of us feel the same way about things when we look at the truth and know that we are each clay vessels that can be broken.

I see our brokenness as comparable to the art of Kintsugi. Kintsugi is a Japanese art where precious metals like gold are used as glue to bond the pieces back together. The gold glue makes the piece of China more valuable and beautiful. And this is what happens to us when we are broken. We are more beautiful and precious than before.

Kintsugi beige bowl. Gold cracks restoration on old Japanese pottery restored with the antique Kintsugi restoration technique. The beauty of imperfections. japanese pottery repair gold. japanese art of repairing cracks with gold. japanese art of fixing broken pottery

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections. “You won't realize your full potential until you go through the tough times,” Kumai says. With that said, Kintsugi takes work and awareness in order for it to truly be healing.