You may have heard this one before – or its cousin, the one about crinkling up a piece of paper and then trying to smooth it out.
It works like this:
Find a large, breakable bowl.
Drop it on a hard surface – such as tile, wood, or cement.
Watch as the bowl breaks into lots of pieces.
Apologize to the bowl.
Keep apologizing until the bowl thanks you for the apology and, feeling better for you having apologized, fixes itself.
Once That Doesn’t Work, Pick Up All The Pieces And Glue Them Together
Sure, the bowl may again become suitable for use.
But are the cracks still visible?
Are little pieces of the bowl missing here and there – splinters that flew under the refrigerator, behind the stove, or down the ventilation shaft?
Is the bowl restored to its full former strength?
Probably not, but…
What If We Could Celebrate The Brokenness Of The Plate?
There is a wonderful Japanese art called Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi, meaning “to repair with gold”).
Simply, it’s the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.
The cracks are visible – and that’s the whole point.
Rather than disguise, bury, or deny the damage, Kintsugi celebrates the damage as part of the object’s lifespan and recognizes the beauty in broken things.
How Do You Practice Kintsugi In Business And Life?
Do you condemn another person’s mistakes and imperfections – or view them as part of what makes them great at what they do well?
When your websites go down, do you panic – or remember that you STILL have things like social media, e-mail, and the phone?
As far as that minor faux pas (or major screwup) – do you dwell on it or grow from it?
Are you stocking up on umbrellas – or wisely investing in silver?