I want to tell you a story that might help reframe any scars you have from burnout caused by the pandemic.
Hailee Fell Off the Windowsill and Couldn’t Be Put Back Together Again
Or could she?
Many years ago, I gifted my mom a ceramic vase that looked like our dog. My mom’s an animal lover and the vase is important to her, especially now that Hailee no longer chases balls on earth.
Hailee sat proudly on the windowsill in the den where she oversaw all of my mom’s telehealth appointments and online shopping. (Too bad Hailee couldn’t help with the inevitable tech challenges of an octogenarian 🤣)
Recently, Teddy the cat “accidentally” knocked Hailee off the windowsill. Poor Hailee’s head shattered into several pieces. Some so tiny, my mom had to rummage through the shag carpet to find them. Needless to say, my mom was really disappointed and sad thinking there was no way that Hailee could be returned to her former glory.
I was able to help put Hailee back together again by:
- Helping my mom and daughter collect all the pieces and hand them over to my husband and his arsenal of glue.
- Leveraging my obsession with YouTube interior designers to tell my mom about the Japanese art form of kintsukuroi which means to repair with gold.
In Japan, when a ceramic pot or bowl would break the artisan would put the pieces together again using gold or silver lacquer to create something stronger and more beautiful. The cracks weren’t something to hide as if the pot or bowl had no story. Instead, the gold or silver lacquer helped make the story something to admire.
Here’s what Hailee looks like now that my husband glued her back together again. I returned her to my mom with some gold paint to adorn the cracks under both of Hailee’s ears.
You Can Be Put Back Together Again Post-Pandemic
Why did I share this story? I think the Japanese art form of kintsukuroi can be applied to any cracks you feel from burnout. The breaking isn’t something to hide. Share your stories with others — cracks and all — when you’re ready.
Sharing your story:
- Helps release pent-up stress.
- Can foster gratitude.
- Gives others permission and psychological safety to share their stories — cracks and all.
Broadly brush your scars and cracks with gold or silver to accentuate the beauty and strength you carry into post-pandemic life, no matter what it looks like!