But the person who put it back together instead of hiding the cracks decided to emphasize them using gold lacquer to repair it. This bowl is more beautiful now having been broken then it was first made.  And we can look at those cracks because they tell a story that we all live a cycle of creation and destruction of control and letting go of picking up the pieces and making something new.”

Julie Burstein at TED.

Many times we try to hide our cracks with transparent glue so that no one can notice. But when we do notice the hidden cracks in our neighbor, instead of jumping into conclusions about their personality or life, we need to be gracious and leave room for their cracks to tell their stories. Once we start to listen, we come to understand that life is fragile and we are vulnerable to pain and suffering.