Golden Joinery

We’ve all been there before-striving for perfection-and you know what comes next. 

Let’s talk about lessons learned, shall we? Is a three year old’s birthday party ever going to be perfect? How about a family photo shoot? But funny how the unintentional moment captured becomes the treasured favorite.  

The ancient study of Wabi-Sabi communicates beauty is found in the imperfection. 

Wikipedia states  “In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

I went to visit my friend, artist, Ed Nash, at his studio.  He offered insight into the meaning behind his recent work. And I got to see with my own eyes,  how delightfully his study and application of this concept has played out on canvas after gorgeous canvas!

The education continued for me, when he mentioned another art form, inspired by the same school of thought, with a name new to me. Kintsugi defines as “golden joinery” and also known as Kintsukuroi, “golden repair” is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered, gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

God’s plan is often revealed to us in this way. Sometimes it takes discernment to recognize the beauty of imperfection, and sometimes it’s staring us in the face. There is just about nothing I love more than my baby Chase’s freckles. 

I started thinking about this beautiful message, and my life’s “history”-and the true beauty that is revealed when when things don’t go according to plan. Often, I find myself thankful for the outcome, when those imperfect circumstances reveal themselves-some of the biggest blessings in my life have been “beautiful mistakes.” 

Striving for perfection will only make you and those around you miserable. Rather than hiding our imperfections, let our mistakes be the golden joinery between us and our fellow man. We can choose to turn our mess-ups and flops into laughter and memories-and beautiful art!  


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