Mirror,mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?!
This is one of the beautiful mirror ornaments I saw at famous Mt. Popa Monastery in Myanmar when I visited last February 2016 during my #SoleSearchingSoulinBagan journey. Looking at my broken image on the mirror, I can't help but have this reflection:
Growing up, I intentionally learn how to be "better" instead of being "bitter" but from time to time I can't help but see the traces of emotional challenges I've been through especially during my childhood. I always manage to pick the shattered pieces and broken dreams. It wasn't easy but I gather all the courage I have to put it back together and smile like nothing really happened, that everything's just fine... My life is such a #BeautifulMess!
The photo above became more significant and meaningful after a few months when I unexpectedly found myself nursing a major heartache. It was also during those time that I came across this concept of Kintsugi, also known as Kintsukuroi, which is an ancient Japanese art of repairing damaged pottery with gold or silver to make it more beautiful.
To be honest, I found consolation in this Japanese concept. It reassured me that just like the "broken" mirror I saw at Mt.Popa, there will still be something beautiful out of it.
There might be a time that you will also feel broken so I hope this post will serve as a gentle reminder that it's okay... Being broken shouldn't stop you from seeing the beautiful piece in you. Don't hide if you feel "broken". Embrace the mess and turn it into something new and valuable!
Sometimes as you wander around, you learn to pick the broken pieces and embrace all your imperfections. You do not have to be the greatest among the rest; you just have to be the best version of yourself.
So next time you're in front of the mirror, bravely face yourself and say, "Yes, I am beautifully broken and I am empowered to be the best that I can be! I am valuable beyond anyone can imagine!!!"
This 2017, embrace God's greater plan for you and let Him show you His wonders. May His holy words comfort you. I personally believe that there's a blessing in being broken... we just have to discern in order to understand and appreciate it. I hope you'll find this post helpful.
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