You are Flawesome

FLAWESOME is when you embrace your flaws and still know that you are awesome  

Have you heard of the Japanese word Kintsugi.   Here in the UK, when pottery, a vase for example breaks, we either throw it away or try and stick the pieces together with glue, but Kintsugi means ‘golden joinery’ in Japanese.  There they add gold powder to the glue – it’s the technique of restoring pottery with ‘seams of gold’. 

This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken.  Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them.

How can we embrace ourselves with all our flaws, because amongst us who isn’t ‘broken’ in some way? 

I interviewed Patrick Regan for the podcast last year, he runs the charity Kintsugi Hope.  The strapline for the charity Kintsugi Hope is ‘Discovering treasure in life’s scars  and they are creating opportunities for groups to be set up in local communities – in, coffee shops, schools, prisons, churches – where people can come together, share in their common humanity, gain strength and wholeness through friendship, and learn how to grow and heal together. (You can find amazing online support within The Sober Club)

We need to put far more time into self-compassion which mustn’t be confused with self-indulgence.  Self-care is critical and we owe it to ourselves to be open, honest and real. 

Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim says ..’

‘Only by accepting yourself – and the flaws which make you who you are – can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, family and friends.’

The authentic YOU is within your power –

….its ok not to be ok,..

Know that you are flawed…but still awesome.


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