The Beauty in Imperfection

Updated: Aug 30, 2019



I love the visual imagery of the fractured bowl cemented with seams of gold.


It is based upon the Japanese concept of Kintsugi which focuses on finding the beauty in imperfection.

Rather than seeing chips, nicks, and cracks as flaws, Kintsugi suggests that defects make the object more beautiful.


What a hope-filled and inspirational lens through which to view life.


How much healthier would our self-esteem be if we viewed our mess ups, missteps, and mistakes through the lens of beauty rather than through the lens of shame?


How much easier would it be to practice self-forgiveness, extend ourselves grace when we fall, and offer ourselves a healthy measure of self-love if we saw imperfections.....something we all possess...as part of the beauty that makes us unique?



As an art form, Kintsugi dates back to 15th century Japan. It is rooted in the Japanese sentiments of mottainai and mushin; regret over something being wasted and the philosophy of accepting change.


There are lessons to be embraced from Kintsugi that apply to both objects and people:

  • Don’t be quick to discard the broken.

  • Being broken does not mean being no longer useful.

  • Once repaired that which was broken can actually increase in value.

  • There is beauty in repaired brokenness if you have eyes to see it.

So much of how life is experienced is based upon not what actually happens to us, but our perspective and mindset about what happens to us. To internalize the concept of Kintsugi, is to set an intention to find beauty and opportunity amidst difficulty and imperfection...to unapologetically embrace your own perfect imperfection!





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