2020-04-07

Raven 117: Mistakes

Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise." (Wikipedia)
The art of creating our life is a kintsugi art. Where we are broken, we need to repair and heal. Yet we can reclaim our wholeness in a way that shows off where we have been broken, rather than hiding or minimizing it. Life's beauty manifests as mistakes. Life's perfection presents as golden flaws.

Case
Grouse said, "I feel very nervous when I lead our recitation of the sutras."
Raven said, "Mistakes are part of the ritual."
Verse
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." -Hamlet, Shakespeare

So stop thinking
Except when it's needed
Which isn't as often as you
think.
Haven't you noticed that
Every turn in the road
That led to something you love
Began with a mistake?
Case by Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith Garmon
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