A time before Lockdown – McGregor

Throwback to a time before #lockdown in the wild country surrounding the village of #McGregor. These words seem prescient more than a year later …

Often in life, there is so much beauty in the #broken

The Japanese have an ancient art form known as #kintsugi, where they repair broken pottery using a lacquer made up of gold, silver and other precious metals. These master craftsmen work in immaculate detail, striving not to recreate the original, but rather to establish a new aesthetic. Their philosophy aims to make the object even more beautiful than it was before it was broken …

In a way, each and every one of us is a little bit broken, too. We would like to believe we are perfect, but in reality, us humans are a unique mish-mash of the good, the bad and the ugly. But as we live and age and gather wisdom, we get the opportunity to apply our own brand of kintsugi … We can finetune our character, improve on our lifestyle, shape our relationships, and whittle away at our flaws. It’s an on-going process to get those pieces to fit in the right places, but often the doing is in the trying.

There are a multitude of parallels to be found in the many broken places on our blue planet, too. I got to spend some time in #Bushmanskloof near #mcgregor yesterday as part of one of our

OZone projects, and it was heartbreaking to see how this #naturereserve had been devastated by the New Year’s fires. And yet, from amongst the charred and blackened earth, #nature was already applying its restorative kintsugi, with purple disas, crimson pelargoniums and jade restios blades beginning to weave a brand new tapestry.

We got to run free within the shattered rock and scattered detritus of these rugged wilderness ranges, and despite the damage, the natural beauty was truly celestial. This will always be my cathedral, this ‘Church of the Great Outdoors’, and I wish we had more time to spend watching this special place go about mending itself. But that makes for a perfect excuse to return soon.

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