I know I am.
Although I generally manage to put on a polished and positive image out in public, inside I often feel like I’m wriggling my way through life with a whole menagerie of doubts, depression and self-destruction in tow.
And yet, it’s through those very cracks in our facades that the most potent grace and goodness can leak into our lives, isn’t it? When we come to the limits of our pretending, we find space opens for authentic experience and connection. On the other side of so many moments of heartbreak or failure, we can see how they’ve served to release and expand us: to be more, to feel more and to love more.
Where in your life do you feel like you’re a bit cracked or downright broken yourself right now? What do you think the wiser and better future you would like to tell you about the hidden value of whatever you’re going through?
READ: The Japanese practice a beautiful art that honors such imperfections, called kintsugi, in which gold and laquer are used to turn broken pottery into utterly unique creations.
“It’s beautiful to think of this practice as a metaphor for your life, to see the broken, difficult, or painful parts of you as radiating light, gold, and beauty. Kintsugi teaches you that your broken places make you stronger and better than ever before.”
WATCH: I fulfilled a dream I’ve had since I was twelve last night when I went to see U2 play Nashville as part of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour. Bono and Co. are artists who have spent four decades turning brokenness into beauty and this might be their finest expression yet.
LISTEN: Most great creators were pretty hot messes themselves, as I was reminded as I listened to an excellent audiobook recently, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Currey. It was narrated masterfully by very talented colleague, Adam Verner, who really brings to life these intriguing peeks into the lives and process of 161 monumental creatives.
Make this week magnificent!