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It's not broken, it's unique - the art of Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold - a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections. It's like a physical manifestation of resilience.

Illustration of a Kintsugi house displaying vases fixed with Kintsugi

Illustration @steffi.hofmann 
Taken from our What’s with this gratitude thing? Mapology Guide.

We are all flawed, we all occasionally chip and break. Exposing our vulnerabilities shows strength and healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient. That does not mean that there's anything wrong - who we are is suffice. It just means we mend the cracks and that's exactly what gives us character and experience.

Broken crockery

I was once very broken. For me personally mending came through long-term psychotherapy, being estranged from my entire family, forming my own family in friends, creating Mapology Guides and practicing daily gratitude.

Crockery repaired with Kintsugi

You are never broken. It’s how you perceive yourself and how you allow others to see you….. you are unique, beautiful and resilient.

Content of a Kintsugi Repair Kit Kintsugi repair kit by humade

A Kintsugi repair kit would make for a wonderful and meaningful gift, wouldn't you agree? If you would like to know more about meaningful gift giving, why not download our FREE EBOOK on this very topic.