As I was traveling through Japan I became aware of this beautiful eastern philosophy concept. The thinking is that something is beautiful and to be admired and appreciated for its resilience after being broken and carefully put back together again with gold. The item is treasured because it has survived and is now stronger, in the face of its own fragility. While this applies generally to pottery, I like extending the idea to life in general. What a splendid and encouraging concept. It’s one I think most people can relate to, enduring the ups and downs and gritty moments that make up a lifetime. When we are down and feeling broken, we can reimagine ourselves as more deeply whole because of the recovery process we go through. Our scars and lines make us human, more deeply feeling, and empathetic because of these cracks, pains, and restorations. Of course I also like this idea because it applies naturally to a minimalist, consumer light existence. Not everything needs to be discarded or replaced, the simplicity of finding beauty in the everyday tools of life even when they are weathered and worn makes me smile.

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