Why Not Wabi-Sabi for Broken People?
(Read in :03)“There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.” ~Rachel Griffiths
Rebirth, fresh starts, mending as an art form, wabi-sabi, do-overs, prodigal homecoming parties. I get all goosebumpy when a message starts calling to me from every direction. Maybe it’s Easter and the Resurrection that has stirred my soul. Could it be the trees popping out in brilliant colors where there were only bare and lifeless sticks before? Or is it when I witness the magic of burying a papery brown blob in the cold dirt for a long winter and boom! Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils come smiling up at me.
Human beings are incredibly resilient and can spring back strong and bright after the most tragic circumstances. A whole generation of Holocaust survivors are a testimony to our innate ability to heal.
“When you go through disappointments or tough times, you may feel like you’ve been buried. You may feel like you’re in a dark, lonely place. You may feel like it’s the end; but in reality, it’s only the beginning. The fact is, you haven’t been buried; you have been planted. That means you’re coming back.”~Joel Osteen
Yep, you guessed it. The book arrived.
Just a week ago I wrote about fear and worry. I’d had a little taste of a recently published book People of the Second Chance (#POTSC) and the organization behind it, www.secondchance.org. Seldom has a concept grabbed me by the heart and stopped me in my tracks like this one. Here’s why. We all do the best we can at living life. Everyone makes mistakes, suffers hurts, feels pain and we all fall short. So, I suggest we all deserve to have a re-do. Personally, I serve a God who delights in second chances!
Everything old is new again. We’ve heard that before! Recent publications suggest we’re beginning to look at life differently. Isn’t it fascinating? Trendy magazines have featured mending as an art form, honest. (Take a look at Pinterest if you think I’m making this up.) It is now considered a noble pursuit to rescue favorite garments with artful, creative, visible repairs. Repurposing and upcycling instead of dumping things in the landfill are hip-and-with-it concepts today. Growing our own food, raising chickens and farm-to table dining is cool and trendy. I find it all exhilarating.
Wabi-Sabi for People
Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that embraces “finding beauty in broken things or old things.” It refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and an admiration for the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. Many of us believe broken objects have lost their value. It’s the way we’ve been enculturated here in the “modern” world.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. This technique conveys a philosophy not of replacement, but of awe, reverence, and restoration. The gold-filled cracks of a once-broken item are a testament to its history and become the most beautiful elements in the object.
Why not upcycle, repurpose and mend broken people and highlight our own broken places with gold? Our greatest value often comes from making it through the dark places in our journey. What’s more, faults, failures, and flaws are quite often the most intriguing parts of anyone’s story! We should honor the lessons they’ve taught us!
“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” ~Steve Maraboli
Is there anyone brave enough among you to share your second chance story? Oh, how I’d love to hear from you! Have a great weekend everyone, see you Monday!