Kintsugi 金継ぎ

Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair"), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.

Much the same as with our own being, we can choose the method and material in which we repair ourselves. Breakage is inevitable. Look around you, see the statues of civilizations lost, the elderly walking among us, each passing season. Death and violence lie within all living things, and always have. The gardens grow from last years decay. Such as with emotion, relationships, and social status. The old give way to the new.

Choosing the way we reform ourselves is an arduous process. It's all risk. There is no sure path to success in any field. The most comfortable lives are often the greatest dead ends to progress. You have to put in the work and make the mistakes it will take to get you to that place your heart senses. The fear of failure is often all it takes to kill our dreams. Make your thoughts and actions like gold. See how beautiful each moment is and allow your mind to breathe in appreciation. Allow your focus to fully engage your results. Plan the process, let the flood gates open. Follow passion when it erupts.

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?"

Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

- N.H. Kleinbaum: Dead Poet's Society


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