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Adding Value

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Adding Value
I've noticed many of my friends' resolutions this year have to do with simplicity, kindness, gratitude, and self love.  I feel the Japanese art of Kintsugi is a metaphor for all those things.  

kintsugi broken tiles repaired with gold

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Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken items by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powered gold, silver or platinum.  As a philosophy, kintsugi adds value, and treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.  
Where do we even start to unravel that?

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As a creative professional and a designer,  I appreciate Kintsugi for the beauty it creates.  As I ponder the intersection of this Japanese concept with my life, I see so many ways to apply the concept literally to my possessions and figuratively to my relationships and interactions.  Do I always try to leave things better than I found them?   In the spirit of simplicity,  I'll leave you to meditate on what, if anything, it means for you.  

kintsugi broken tiles repaired with gold

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kintsugi broken china repaired with gold

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