Break It to Make It Better

The title I borrowed from a post by Dennis Pitocco that left me wondering. Can we break an item to make it better? Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.

Can we embrace what we break to make it better? We talk about breaking promises, breaking trust, breaking silence, breaking fasting, breaking resilience, breaking focus, taking a break from work, breaking news, and breaking sound.

Does it make sense for example to break resilience? Does it sound logical to you? Yes, it does for extreme resilience may encourage us to take unduly risks. An excessive degree of resilience, manifested as high hope and/or self-enhancing, can lead to undesirable outcomes. We call excessive resilience wicked resilience.

Does it make sense to take a break from work? Research establishes that taking a mental break from work enhances creativity and increases productivity. A research study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 concluded that prolonged attention to a single task actually hinders performance.”

Breaking bad habits is obviously an effort we all aspire to do successfully. But how about breaking promises and trust? You may rush to say flatly no. But wait as broken promises are indicators of a business to deliver. It uncovers hidden problems.  Broken promises provide powerful opportunities to identify and eliminate problems that keep your business from improving and growing. Yes, broken opportunities can lead to improving your business.

Broken trust can lead to severe problems, as it is difficult to restore it. However, if the parties work together and find out the reasons why one party broke its trust it could lead to making trust stronger than before. It is a huge effort, but there are reasons for breaking trust, and if these reasons become clear this may help in restoring trust and even making it stronger than before.

Remember that eagles break their beaks to make them stronger. What parts of what we do –do we need to make them stronger?

Please share your thoughts


Ali Anani
Ali Anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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    • I am glad that you found your way to this post, Leticia. I agree with you and knowing of your wide experiences you know what you talk about. This makes your insightful comment more valuable.

  1. So many juicy things in this post Ali Anani, PhD.
    𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩?
    It’s interesting that Raku is also a Japanese creation, somewhat like Kintsugi. Here a pottery piece is removed in the middle of the firing process (at the highest heat) and as the clay is mixed with something combustible to start, the quick cooling as the item to appear broken, like stained glass.

    >>From whole to incomplete. From broken to repaired; put back together.
    >>Break from work is complete; workaholism broken.
    >>Promises broken … offer the opportunity to experience forgiveness.

    All follow the #LawofPolarity …

    (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ “There is a positive lesson inside every broken whole.” ♥

    • I love the way you comment Leslie (Thomas) Flowers. Thank you for sharing the Japanese technology and I shall search for more information. It is quite an interesting one.

      I also love this “Break from work is complete; workaholism broken.” This is a great example of breaking is beautifying.
      Forgiveness- what a great reminder this is. Forgiveness is the gold that makes the broken ceramic of relationships stronger than before

  2. Love this concept Ali!
    It resonates with a passage from one of my favorite books, Broken Open:
    “When we have been through a trial and survived it—or better still, transformed its terrors into revelations—then we begin to approach other adversities with a different attitude. Change and loss may still knock us off the horse, but soon we are back in the saddle, stronger and wiser than ever. As life progresses, and we continue to transform and refine our consciousness, we gain more insight and humility, greater strength of character, and deeper faith in the meaningfulness of life” – Elizabeth Lesser

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