Since ancient times, when the Japanese mend broken objects, rather than attempting to restore them to their previously unsullied state, they instead aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and survives, it becomes even more beautiful and valuable for having been broken in the first place. They enhance and celebrate the history and flaws of a thing because they believe that there in the IMPERFECTION…lies UTTER PERFECTION.
Marvelous people keep asking me about my hopes, dreams, wishes, and goals for 2015, and here, finally is my simple response to their kind queries:
After one of the most difficult, perilous years of my life — a year where, quite honestly, there were moments when I wasn’t sure I was even going to fucking survive — my mantra for 2015 is…Kintsukuroi: “To repair with gold.”
May we celebrate and honor our fractures, cracks, and flaws…and may we ALL be mended with gold.
Happy New Year…and ONWARD!