“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” ~Xan Oku
It’s easy to get so caught up in the challenges of life’s rain storms that we miss the flowers that result. Kintsugi living is all about learning to seek out and appreciate the flowers in our lives.
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“Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will.” ~Cheryl Strayed
I love this idea of taking ownership of whatever happens to me. I may not have chosen it. I may not have any control over it. I may not like it. But I can choose to digest it to make sure it nurtures me and feeds my growth anyway.
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“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napoleon Hill
Like an oak tree, we grow stronger by having faced life’s challenges. That’s one of the many forms that our kintsugi gold can take.
“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.” ~Paul Coelho
Are you more likely to see yourself as a victim or an adventurer in search of treasure? Both are valid ways to perceive yourself in a given challenge, and your choice makes an enormous difference in how you experience those challenges.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
We so often spend our effort trying to control life as if we could prevent challenges and hard times from coming our way, but we can’t stop the waves from coming. How much better to focus to on learning to surf life’s inevitable waves with skills of resilience and healing!