In Japan they have a type of art called Kintsukuroi. It means the golden repair. The artist will take a broken piece of pottery and mend it with gold. When the repair is finished, gold lines appear where the cracks once were. They say the piece is more beautiful after being broken.
So far, on this journey, I’ve made references. I’ve noted that life is as complicated as a Rubik’s cube and as frustrating to navigate as a labyrinth with revolving walls. I’ve indirectly compared my life to a broken telephone pole lopsidedly hung together exclusively by duct tape. Now I allude to repairing something broken. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Here is the thing about fixing something that is broken. You have two choices. You can half-heartedly patch things together with duct tape or you can choose the golden repair. The first is a quick fix that leaves the object no better off. The second takes time and attention to detail, but the object becomes an enhanced version of it’s former self.
I’ve tried the duct tape route. Like I said, it’s just a temporary fix. Now it’s time for the golden repair. The golden repair is comparable to what I call a Life Reboot. A Life Reboot requires you to take the necessary time to explore all aspects of your life that keep you balanced. As you explore each part, you rate how off balance each one is. Then, just as graciously as a Kintsukuroi artist would repair her broken pottery, you repair these parts.
If you feel dissatisfied, I invite you to try out this Life Reboot activity I created. It is designed to help you explore some parts of your life that could be contributing to your personal dissatisfaction. So, if you are interested, read on!
In the figure shown above there is a flower with 6 petals. In each petal, a word is written which represents a part of life necessary for balance. In the center of the flower is the number 10. As you stray further away from the center, you will notice that the numbers reduce until you see 0 at the far end.
At the end of this post you will see an empty figure for you to print out. Once you have printed it out, I invite you to do the following…
In the 6 petals, write 6 important parts of your life.
o Friends, Family, Children, Relationships, Romance, Spirituality, Job, Home, Environment, Hobbies, Finances, Body Image, Nutrition, Fashion, Outdoors, Exercise, Sports, Music, Health, Alone time, Sleep, etc. Whatever you think is important to your personal fulfillment.
After you have written your six words in the petals, rate each on a scale of 0-10.
o 10 = completely happy.
o 0 = completely unhappy
After you are done rating your six words, observe the figure. It’s a visual representation of your dissatisfaction.