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Cracked Vessels – Pursuing Kintsugi Art in my Life

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Can you find any imperfections in this Japanese plate?

 

How about now?

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The Japanese art known as Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi (meaning “golden repair”), according to Wikipedia,  is “the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum…. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.”

 

Wow! My husband, Mark, recently shared this tidbit with me after reading a daily devotional. We talked about how, in our society, we want to ignore or disguise our imperfections. Lately, I’ve taken a closer look at my spiritual, emotional and physical states. I’ve also taken a closer look at my work as an author. I see areas where I’m chipped or cracked – pieces are broken off that I want repaired.

 

These images of Kintsugi art serve as a reminder that I’m far from perfect in any area. Rather than run from or cover up inadequacies, I want to embrace them and look for the gold in their repair. I recently had an editor review my work in progress. Her feedback showed that I needed to totally restructure the entire novel. Ouch.

 

In my spiritual life, I recently saw that I needed to ask forgiveness from a few families members. Another “ouch”. I want to pursue all of my life’s avenues with passion, embrace the cracks, and seek healing. I can’t do it on my own. For me, this is where my motivation and strength come from to pursue Kintsugi art in my life and in my writing:

 

“But we have this treasure in earthen (cracked!) vessels, that the excellency of the power (the gold) may be of God, and not of us” (2Corinthians 4:7, AKJV).

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What Is Your Gorilla Today?

ImageWhen I was younger I used to have recurring dreams of a gorilla-suited man trying to break into our house.  I’d run around and lock all the entrances, usually forgetting the glass patio door. When I did remember, the faulty latch wouldn’t hold. I’d freeze in fear as I stood face to face with the hairy gorilla-man. I can still hear and see him pounding on the glass as he reached for the handle. Suddenly I’d remember the stick we used to drop into the aluminum tray to secure the door, but I would never reach it before the gorilla broke in. Then I’d wake up, shaking in fear.

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I recently attended a writer’s conference. The main speaker, author Susy Flory, addressed common writing fears. She never mentioned a gorilla, but she did say that E.B. White would often mail a manuscript only to run after the mailman and retrieve it because he feared it wasn’t perfect. She quoted White as saying, “I admire anyone who writes” and “I write in terror.” This from the man who gave us Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.

Flory also related that Mark Twain once said, “Courage is resistance to fear –  mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” The crime writer Lawrence Block observed, “Fear and courage are like lightning and thunder. They start out at the same time, but the fear (lightning) travels faster and arrives sooner. If we wait long enough, the requisite courage will be along shortly.”

Some of my writing fears include, “What if no one likes what I write? What if my computer crashes? What if I run out of ideas? What if I get sick and can’t finish? What if people criticize me?” Then I realize that all of these things have already happened, and will probably continue to happen. I choose to write anyway. The gorilla still comes, but now I’ve got the stick.

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