So I read an article on the wabi-sabi Japanese philosophy of life.
Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, explains, “Wabi-sabi embraces things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete – the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”
Definition of perfection may vary from individual to individual but it always leads to the same end and that is to a permanent feeling of inadequacy. Our desire to be perfect in our different actions. Like use of filters and Photoshop apps, use of earphones or headphones in public places and also saying “I’m fine” all the time.
First step is always acknowledgment. Accept the fact that you are not perfect, no one is and no one can ever be. If you are not looking good in one picture doesn’t mean that you are not good looking. Why do need an evidence for it every time you click a picture? If there’s unpleasant sounds and noises in your surroundings then they are also a part of you, accept it because you are a part of this society don’t ignore or avoid it. Lastly if you are not fine accept that too because everyone has to go through rough patches in life every now and then. It is not a bad thing if you are not fine accept that too.
Second step is to work on that imperfection(s). If you have any bad habit then try to work on it. If you are weak in some work area try to work on it. As for myself I have mobile addiction and in order to work on it I have started to write this blog. Never be ashamed of your imperfections. Embrace them with all your heart.
Just like this Japanese way of beautifying cracked objects. After reading about it I think I am never going to throw a cracked object ever again but keep it.
Wabi-sabi reminds us to slow down and take comfort in the simple natural beauty around us…..It is in these imperfect moments that we find life’s greatest pleasures.
In order to bring this into life just take out your faded clothes and put them on, or glue your favourite mug that you are about to throw as it has cracked or the vase which you bought so wistfully. Imperfect is the perfect way to be. So if you want to be perfect just accept that you are not.
I’m sharing the link to article as well because I’m not that intelligent(and I accept that). So please do read it. Thank you for reading my thoughtless thoughts.