Hope :: Feeling Shattered

Photo by Riho Kitagawa on Unsplash

Have you ever felt so utterly broken that you didn’t think you’d ever be able to find all the pieces of yourself again, much less put all the pieces back together?

If you have, I want you to know you are not alone in this.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every piece will go back to exactly where it belongs and you’ll be just as you used to be.

Life doesn’t work like that.

I may have written about this Japanese practice before, but I always come back to it. As pictured above, when a ceramic vessel breaks within the Japanese culture, they don’t throw the pieces away. They also don’t glue the pieces together with invisible glue.

Instead, they have an art form called Kintsugi where they use a colored bonding agent to fuse the pieces back together. This bonding agent is typically gold in color.

I love this art form because they don’t try to hide the flaws; each golden vein is a testament to the fact that there was brokenness turned into usefulness and beauty once again.

I can’t promise your life will ever go back to the way it was before.

What I can tell you is that your brokenness doesn’t mean you’re trash. It doesn’t mean that you’re not still beautiful.

There is hope. You are not alone.

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