We are broken and repaired, we are flawed, and therein lies our beauty. The wonder of being human.
I liken the broken and repaired human to Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise. The repair adds to the beauty of the object.
We are the same. Everyone is flawed in some way; no one is perfect. Life is a journey, which we travel with no roadmap, no instructions, no GPS. We make mistakes, we fall, and we struggle to get back up. We are broken, we are patched, we are messy and as a result, we are beautiful.
Our flaws are what make us unique and more valuable. When we stumble and fall, we learn and become stronger. It is the messiness of life and all the patching that make us interesting.
When something negative happens, and we can take a step back and poke around in the wound it may leave, we are learning. We recognize our mistakes. We are, after all, participants in the bad, as well as the good, that happens in our life. When we acknowledge and accept who we are, we add a layer of value, like a sparkle of gold.
Acceptance of who we are and the flawed human condition is a beautiful sight to behold.