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Devorah Baron/Bizzy Bee

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Kintsugi

After a rough day of really feeling broken, a friend sent me the most unbelievable clip. It described the Japanese art form of Kintsugi. When a beautiful dish breaks in Japan people do not throw it out. They save the pieces, stick them back together, and then seal all the cracks with gold. The new dish looks even more beautiful than the original. This is only because it went through the trauma of being broken, but after being put together with love it becomes even more beautiful because of the golden repair.

This is so true for humans. Many times we are hurt, disappointed, face setbacks and are broken into many pieces. When we take the ugly broken pieces, put them back together and fill the gaps with gold, we become even more beautiful than we would have had we not been broken in the first place. I think through healing, growth, finding meaning from our pain, by giving to others and by sharing what we learned from the experience we are able to line all of our broken cracks with gold.

I decided that I wanted to try out Kintsugi. I went out and bought a dish, wrapped it in a cloth and smashed it with a hammer. I painstakingly reassembled what I had broken and used an epoxy to fuse the pieces together. Then it was magic time— I dipped my brush into the gold paint and filled in all the cracks… the result was a masterpiece.

The experience was very meaningful to me; it infused meaning into my pain and made me cry and heal. I learned so much about supporting the broken pieces while they set, by cupping them gently and consistently, about applying just the right amount of pressure to the fused pieces, and about holding it firmly for just the right amount of time till it stuck. I learned the hard way to clean up the extra epoxy immediately before it fully dried. When filling the gold, I noticed if I poured some in the crack gently, it would sometimes fill up the grooves itself, if I just angled the bowl down. Some gaps needed more epoxy, and the missing shards could not be put back. On those particular gaps, more gold was used, and they were even more brilliant.

Take the opportunity to grow from your brokenness; the results are even more beautiful than had you never gone through your challenges.

**To see a supply list and a video on how to make Kintsugi yourself, follow the link to my blog above!**

 
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Devorah Baron

is the busy mom of 3 active boys, a blogger, a business owner for 13 years and a financial counselor. Her unique approach is to face life and crazy challenges through humor and she loves to share wild stories.  Her blog was inspired by life changes that helped her express herself in a way she was never able to before.