Kintsugi & The Little Marks of Life

Another Japanese concept I recently learned about is Kintsugi, translated this means golden joinery. A simple web search will show broken pottery repaired with gold. It makes for very attractive stoneware but its very easy to miss that it celebrates the breakages as being part of the history of the pot. Its something people sometimes in antiques that show the impact of human hands over generations, my personal favourite is a fence post with a top smoothed by thousands of hands walking through the gate.

These little nuances we often miss in everyday life are fine with items but we refuse to translate the logic to people. Someone with a history or ‘baggage’ is often dismissed or ignored. We are all trained to seek perfection and hide the little scars of life.

 

© 2018 David G Chambers. All rights reserved.

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David Chambers grew up in Coventry in the 80's and 90's. A time and place not known for literature, he was never the less raised on a road named after Robert Louis Stevenson. His walk to school took him through roads named after Joseph Addison, Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens. Oblivious to the inspiration he followed his career advisor into engineering and spent the next couple of decades forgetting his earlier love of reading and writing stories. Finally, a change of role left him with lots of flights and nights in hotels. After filling his spare time with reading he decided it was time to create his own stories and finally put pen to paper.

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