Breaking Things


I break things... usually not on purpose. Sometimes this is due to my lack of hand skills and sometimes I just bang into things. Sometimes, rarely, I drop something and sometimes, things just break. I’m not particularly proud of my clumsiness but it does provide me with an understanding, and an opportunity to let go.


Despite our best intentions, some things just don’t go the way we want. Endeavors fail, best intentions don’t succeed and accidents happen. Perfection is just an idea. Worth pursuing but never attainable.


Rather then lament the mishap, I use this as an opportunity to go in another direction, to move on, or accept things I can’t change. It is a good life lesson. An exercise of sorts that reminds me that there is much to learn when things go wrong.


This Foundling came together quickly and has become a real favorite of mine. The tail of the baby horseshoe crab broke while I was assembling it. I would have much preferred that the last tap of the hammer, pinning the tail in place, was a bit gentler. I would have preferred that I didn’t break this in it’s final stages (this image shows the piece before it was stained and fully assembled) but in the end, it is broken as we all are. And yet, there is much beauty in our shortcomings. This is part of the human condition.

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