How can we learn to embrace our flaws? In Japan, the art of kintsugi mends broken pottery with a lacquer dusted with gold or other precious metals. Rather than rendering the piece useless, or concealing a crack, kintsugi highlights imperfection, making a piece more beautiful and unique, while extending its life. This ritual teaches us that our flaws, missteps, and life experiences are what give us character, make us original, and even beautiful. Like the concept teinei (with care), kintsugi is a reminder to recognize our value, and treat ourselves with love and attentive care.