How a Chipped Nail Imparted Wisdom

2 min Article Meditation & Mindfulness
My perfectly imperfect nails impart more wisdom than you might guess from their chipped appearance.
How a Chipped Nail Imparted Wisdom

I finished loading the dishwasher, folding laundry, wiping down the kitchen surfaces and cleaning up dog poop — in that order — then I came outside to relax.

I looked down at my nails.

My perfectly imperfect nails had a story to tell. They reflected the daily grind of hard work through their chips and imperfections.

As I looked more closely, I saw that each nail had grown. Some lengthened with struggle, while others just grew, not a chip in sight.

So, as I sat there looking at my nails, thinking, "I really should go for a manicure," it struck me: This is a perfect metaphor for life.


1. We are all connected to something bigger.

2. Despite us, there is growth.

3. Sometimes, growth looks messy and reminds us of the challenging obstacles we've come up against.

4. Sometimes, growth is seamless, unaffected by the hard knocks and daily battles.

5. Despite coming from the same body of consciousness and being, each of us is an individual, and we show our individuality differently.

6. Some work harder than others.

7. There is no shame in revealing our imperfections, but if it bothers us that much ... fix it.

8. If we aren't great at fixing it ourselves, some professionals and experts can help us.

And as the manicurist says every time I enter the salon: "Sweetie, choose your color."

We have a choice to shine. We can color our world with whatever shade we choose.

Learn to Focus on Your Accomplishments in this short meditation from teacher Almeiri Santos.

Header photo: Igor Alecsander/E+/Getty Images

About the Teacher

Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

After starting her career as a lawyer in Southern Africa in 1996, Nicolle Kopping-Pavars immigrated to Canada in 2008 with her husband, 1-year-old son and three suitcases. She had to completely rebuild her career in order to become accredited in her new country. She was successful in doing so, but something was missing. “Even though I was doing what I loved and what I believe I was called to do, I started sensing something dark lurking in the depths of my soul and I didn’t like it,” she says. Thus began her personal self-development journey, in which she read a lot, attended mindfulness retreats and workshops, and became a reiki practitioner. Although she was feeling better, she looked around at her colleagues, all of whom were stressed and overwhelmed, and felt she could do something more. From there, Nicolle committed to a yearlong teacher training certification focused on mindfulness in law, and in 2017, she went to Thailand for two weeks to deepen her practice and study with the monks in the northern part of Thailand. She furthered her teacher training by taking an intense teacher training course in the Forest Monk Therevada tradition. Nicolle founded Lotus-Law to introduce meditation, mindfulness and emotional intelligence to the legal profession and to the public at large. In 2020, Nicolle rebranded her practice as the Transformational Lawyer, through which she brings all her disciplines — law, reiki, energy work, crystals and mindfulness — under one umbrella.
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