Starting from a place of celebration and building a plan for the year that focuses on including more of the things which bring us joy and using more of the skills and strengths we already possess creates a plan that we are much more likely to implement than one that starts with weakness and lack.
Just like a camera lens can magnify whatever it's focused on, what we choose to focus our attention on affects what we magnify in our perception of our world. Choosing to use a lens of gratitude to focus on the good helps balance out our natural tendency to see only the problems and broken places of life.
The broken places in our lives often come creeping in more like the darkness that encroaches on the light this time of year than like a sudden hammer blow, but that doesn't change the way we experience that brokenness or how we heal.
Kintsugi living is vitally important even when we aren't in the midst of life's hard times because it helps nourish our souls in an ongoing, continual way to be able to face future hard times with as much grace and beauty as we can.