Kintsugi living blog — change

Do you know what brings you joy?

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Do you know what brings you joy?

© 2013 Oliver Schmidt, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio As children, most of us had no problem knowing exactly what brought us joy, and we had no hesitation pursuing those things that we found joyful—often to the chagrin of our parents who were faced with cleaning up the resulting messes we created. As adults, we seldom have the freedom to engage with abandon in things that bring us joy due to our responsibilities, but even when we have the opportunity to do so, too many of us don't even know what would bring us joy anymore! I see this...

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The role of brokenness in transformation

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The role of brokenness in transformation

© 2015 Heiner Adams, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio I've made many, many changes in my life over the years. I've changed jobs, changed whole career fields, moved across the country, married, divorced, and explored dozens of completely different interests and styles. From the outside looking in, it might easily appear that I'm not only a pro at handling change but that I even actively embrace it and seek it out. On one level, I suppose that's true. But more often than not, my many changes were frantic efforts to distract myself from facing even bigger transformation that was...

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Death as the first stage of transformation

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Death as the first stage of transformation
Transformation always starts with the death of something, some part of who we were. Accepting and moving through this death is necessary to make room for the person we are becoming.

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Sprouting: Why we resist transformation

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Sprouting: Why we resist transformation

Rocket shoots by Marion Schreiber, on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons licensing. The last few years have been a time of intense transformation for me, and I've been paying some attention lately to some of the ways this period has changed me and the ways that I approach and interact with life. There are, of course, many ways in which I am the same person I've always been, with all of the same faults and quirks, but there are other ways in which I am profoundly different from the person I once was. Most of these changes are helpful ones...

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The welcome (and unwelcome) transformation of healing

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The welcome (and unwelcome) transformation of healing

 One of my kintsugi-style circle pendants in a 30 mm setting. Kintsugi is a beautiful art that not only restores usefulness to broken things, but it does so in ways that add beauty and value with its seams of gold or other precious metals. This combination of repair, restoration, and art can transform a common cup or bowl into a prized possession. But what it cannot do is return the broken piece to its original state. It is now unalterably and unarguably something new, even though it retains most (if not all) of the original material and fulfills the same...

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