The more women I hear the stories from, the more I realize two common themes are present even though no two stories are completely alike.
Scars and Strength
There is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics called Kintsugi using a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The word means “golden joinery” in Japanese. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. Believing that the object is actually more valuable and beautiful with the history embraced and revealed. The broken places are highlighted in ways that bring greater beauty and strength to the piece than would be possible without the break.
To struggle and deal with unfortunate circumstances is part of our life. At times, we too can feel broken. I have heard many times from patients that during their journey they felt “broken” in some way. I believe this Kintsugi philosophy can be applied to life and how we can overcome adversity.
YOU CAN PUT THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER. THE RESULT IS A STRONGER ONE. A BEAUTIFUL ONE.