When I think about the journey of healing through painful times, I think about a concept called Kintsugi.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of using gold lacquer to glue broken pottery back together.
The process doesn’t hide the cracks or the fact that the pottery shattered — it celebrates how those cracks make it even more unique.
The breakage and repair become part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.
This feels like a perfect metaphor for life.
When we go through challenging times, we may crack and shatter and fall apart. But when we tend to our broken pieces, and piece them back together with love, care, and compassion, we our lives become a unique piece of art that never would have before existed.
The goal, then, isn’t to return to a state of perfection; it’s to come to a place of comfort and peace with your cracks.
So the next time it feels like life is breaking apart, remember that your challenges make you who you are, and in your hand is the golden glue.