In Honor of Cracks

Ring now the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”


This week a friend of mine gave me a real scare. Marc sent a message that he was losing the will to live. I know that place. I really know that place! As soon as I was able, I went to see him. He told me he felt “cracked.”

I laid a hand on him—thinking about it now, I realize my hand covered the back of his heart—and said, “The cracks just let the light in.”

[Speaking of blessings in disguise.] When the air conditioner’s running, along with the washer and dishwasher and ceiling fan, turning on the microwave blows the fuse. If, however, the circuit breaker hadn’t tripped, the overloaded wiring could have started a fire that would burn down the house. And cracks in sidewalks—did you know they are deliberately designed stress points that protect the concrete squares from cracking? [Quantum God, Part Two: 9.We accept things as they are (but make them shine brighter).]

The Japanese make beautiful artwork of things with cracks. They call this technique Kintsugi (golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (golden repair), and mix lacquer with powered gold or silver. They believe the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

Kinsukuroi—Repairs—photo only

Though battered, bruised, and cracked, we are all works of art! May we allow the Light to shine in while our light shines out.

love, chelle

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