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The Japanese have a word – kintsukuroi – that means “repair with gold.” Using gold powder, broken vessels are put back together, their fractures and imperfections illuminated, a testament to being impermanent, unfinished, and flawed; more beautiful for having been broken. When a soul is broken by a careless deed or a hard word, we, in our lack of awareness, regard that soul as flawed when we should instead line those fractures with gold. They should be shamelessly shown to the world; illuminated, proving to all that survival itself will hold you together. With precious gold holding your soul together how can you truly be broken? I beg you, embrace those scars you’ve illuminated. Wabi-sabi – the Japanese have another word - it means beauty in imperfection; better even than gold is acceptance of transience, reverence for the flawed. Everything is impermanent; flawed; not apart from history but together, a past highlighted in gold. Every scar and crack, every bro

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