Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rhett Butler and Kintsukoroi: Two different attitudes on repairing the broken

"I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived." -- Rhett Butler, the lead character in Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind, before leaving Scarlett O'Hara who has broken his heart repeatedly.

"Kintsukuroi, translated literally as “golden repair,” is the Japanese art of restoring broken pottery with lacquer resin mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. For Japanese art collectors, the mended vessel is actually more valuable than the original unbroken pot. I think it is the same way with God and sinners. The vessel cracked and chipped but put together again becomes special to the Lord not because of any gold used to join the seams but because the Lord himself restored it." -- Francis D. Alvarez, S.J., in his God's Word Today column How do you receive correction? from The Philippine Star, August 24, 2014.

Which attitude and practice do we choose and apply regarding broken people and relationships? For me, it's really a case to case basis. Sadly, some people and relationships seem to be... 

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