Be Grateful | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 15

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Yesterday, C.C. broke the handle off a china coffee mug. I’d just bought him a set of 4 beautiful china mugs because he doesn’t like heavy pottery ones and these ones are so beautiful, I thought he’d enjoy drinking his coffee out of them.

And now, there are only 3.

When I saw the broken pieces of the handle on the countertop, I felt a tinge of disappointment course through my veins. Quick as lightening. I like even numbers of things. I like there to be 4, not 3.

I know. I know. A tad compulsive. A tad rigid if I do say so myself!

And that’s when I remembered, Stop. Breathe. Remember. Be grateful for all things.

I’d broken a crystal wine glass the day before. We had a set of 16 of these particular glasses. Now, there are 15.

It was a good reminder for me to pay attention, to get in the moment of what I’m doing. I’d dropped the wine glass because I was trying to do too many things in the kitchen at once and was not paying attention to what I was doing in that moment, right then.

The broken handle on the coffee mug was an opportunity to say, Thank you. Thank you for the reminder that accidents happen. It’s just a mug.

The handle can be glued back together and back onto the mug. Some cracks will always show. And as Leonard Cohen sings so poignantly, “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.

Thank you for the crack in the mug. Thank you for the reminder that hearts like mugs are fragile places. That when I treat one with disrespect, throw angry words at it or sear it with my disdain, it can be broken. That when a heart is broken, the only way to heal the cracks is to shine a little love, or a lot, on the broken places. That treasuring the cracks in another, is the path to finding one another in Love.

And thank you for the reminder that having an even set of china mugs is no where near as important as having a heart where cracks are made more beautiful because we are together, shining light on one another.

Be grateful today. For all things. The ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. The things that make you feel that fissure of anger, upset, disappointment, anguish. The things that give you pause to think about the cracks and how beautiful they look when you let the light in.

Let the light in today and be grateful.


And to help you remember, here’s Leonard Cohen singing, Anthem.

5 thoughts on “Be Grateful | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 15”

  1. I love the way you re-interpret a seemingly unpleasant event into a gentle reminder of practicing awareness, thereby turning it into a pleasant event. I recently published a post on ‘there is a crack in everything’, too. It’s such a great Leonard Cohen line. This is how I discovered Kintsugi, the Japanese art repair of broken ceramic pots with gold dust. An expert on Kintsugi said: “Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated… a kind of physical expression of the spirit of mushin….Mushin is often literally translated as “no mind,” but carries connotations of fully existing within the moment, of non-attachment, of equanimity amid changing conditions.” Not sure if you have gold dust available to repair your mug, but I sure love this idea of honoring that which is ‘broken’. 🙂

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    1. It is such a beautiful idea to honour that which is ‘broken’. Have you heard Peter Meyer’s song on the Japanese Bowl? it’s beautiful — I’ve attached a link.

      thanks for chiming in with your lovely wisdom — I really like that there is a name for the practice of ‘no mind’ — so beautiful. And I do have gold dust I use in art-making…. 🙂

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      1. Hi Louise, I just listened to the song. It’s truly beautiful. I never heard about it before. For whatever reason I’m a sucker for Japanese bowls and cups, especially the odd “imperfect” Hagi Yaki ones – which is weird because a) I’m a perfectionist and b) I’ve never been to Japan in my entire life. I’ve just always been drawn to them, maybe because I can love outside of me what I find hard to treasure on the inside: the cracks and dents… Thanks for sharing this song. It’s very special.


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