Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi ("golden repair"), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by fixing the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.
Kintsugi is also a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections. You won't realize your full potential until you go through the tough times. Kintsugi takes work and awareness in order for it to truly be healing.
Through kintsugi, you learn that it’s okay to hurt and grieve. It is okay to be vulnerable. It is okay to accept and allow yourself the time to share, to open up, to exercise compassion.
The spirit of kintsugi is also about forgiveness. It’s a practice of self-love. Accepting your cracks means being accepting and loving toward yourself. You must forgive yourself first, before you are capable of forgiving another.
When we change our mindset about our past, we come out of the struggles as a much more beautiful and refined version of ourselves. Your kintsugi cracks become gold by doing the work.