What's Broken and Beautiful Too?

Have you ever heard of kintsugi?

I've been thinking about it as we complete the Yes You Can Speak February Cupid Gone Wild 'love note' celebration. It has been super cool to see all the smiling faces and hearts on my Instagram wall.

Cutout paper hearts! A key to bringing instant joy! Who knew -:?

A few years ago, I gave one to a guy when he walked off the stage after delivering a rousing presentation. Even for him, an accomplished speaker, the paper heart acknowledgment triggered a huge smile and teary eyes.

So what's 'kintsugi,' and what's it got to do with sharing 'love notes'?

Kintsugi is a style of Japanese pottery - an art form in which broken shards are glued back together with lacquer and gold, forming shimmering threads in the design where the pot or plate had once been broken.

Through kintsugi, I see how it is for us humans too, the incredible beauty that emerges in each one of us as we move through the life journey, falling, breaking, and putting ourselves back together again, each time with deeper wisdom, compassion, and recognition of the beauty in our imperfections.

In kintsugi, the places in the pottery with the golden filler are called 'scars,' each adding to the uniqueness of the art. Kin means golden; tsugi means repair.