• Elie

Kintsugi - the art of resilience.

“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” Anthem by Leonard Cohen.

Kintsugi is a Japanese art practice in which the artist remolds broken pieces of an object (pottery for example) using precious metal such as Gold - thereby giving it another lease on Life. Not only that, making it more solid, unique and beautiful.

I am a fan of Kintsugi because it holds a deep philosophical meaning.

Here's how I interpret it:

When things fall apart, when we get hurt, when our relationships shatter...

Being intentional about rebuilding ourselves often times creates a more valuable entity. An entity as unique as our scars.

As the old adage goes "What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger".

Kintsugi is a wonderful metaphor for this process of continuous improvement which requires putting ourselves on the line, trusting that when we get hurt, we can be rebuilt into someone even more accomplished.

How many chances have you not taken because of fear of failure?

How many words have you not spoken by fear of getting “rejected”?

How much shame have you felt about some of your past experiences?

How many dreams have you put under the rug?

Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.

We are an organic Kintsugi.

We grow stronger and shine brighter where we have been hurt.

Our scars can be the essence of our beauty.

In my own life, nothing has been more satisfying then rebuilding myself from a set back, a failure, a challenge.


The person I became as a result made up for all that I had to invest and the pain I had to experience.

We are much more resilient, much more capable, much more resourceful...much more; than we think we are.

It is when we take chances, speak up, try this...and that...

When we risk being seen, risk being ridiculed, risk getting hurt...

That we learn and grow in alignment with ourselves.

Thereby touching treasures beyond measure.

“Here’s to the fools who never give up. Whom the more they fail, the more determined they are. Here’s to the ones who go deep within their darkness only to discover that they naturally hold shining brilliance. Here’s to the ones that feel a deep urge to contribute. To give back from the transformation of their pain. Here’s to the fools who Dream. What more, here’s to the fools who Love.” Truly Yours, Elie Dagher.


© 2019 by Elie Dagher.