If you believe in keeping your life simple, then this post is for you. Just so we’re on the same page, this is what I’m talking about.
I didn’t come up with it. It came to me. Now, I’m passing it on to you.
You heard of it? I hadn’t either, but I’m sure glad I know about this age-old Japanese philosophy now.
Wabi-Sabi encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives, and celebrating the way things are rather than how they should be.
In order for Wabi-Sabi to work in our lives, we have to willingly quiet our minds enough to appreciate muted beauty.
We have to have the courage not to fear bareness, willingness to accept things the way they are, and not go blazing around our lives seeking perfection.
Richard Powell in his book, Wabi Sabi Simple writes that Wabi Sabi acknowledges three simple realities:
“Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”
Imperfection is the basic principle of Wabi-Sabi. We train ourselves to accept our imperfections and make the most of life.
Our lives can be as difficult or as simple as we make them. We can build on who we already are and what we already have, or once again go blazing for everything else that we ain’t, or don’t really need.
How much do you value tranquility, harmony, beauty, and the chips and dings in your life, in your home, in your relationships?
Can you slow down, relax, step back from the hectic modern world and find enjoyment and gratitude in everything you do, everything you are, everything you encounter?
Personally, I believe that my chips and dings give me character. I’m a little scratched, a bit aged, and have had to patch myself up over the years.
I’ve got things that I’ve broken due to constant use, or an oops, and had to glue back together. They have character too, maybe even more than they did in the first place.
‘Cause I’m still happy to have them. I’m still happy to have me. I accept what is still beautiful.
It’s all about mindset. It’s a different way of looking. It’s about building on what we already have.
It’s about making a conscious choice to live it up from where we are right now.
Life is unpredictable. It’s only not ok if we refuse to embrace it. When nothing is certain, everything is possible!
Wabi-Sabi folks. Wabi-Sabi!!!