Wabi Sabi: The embrace of imperfection

Confiscated from
Living Wabi Sabi
by Taro Gold

(Taro Gold, a 14-year-old American boy, visits his Japanese grandmother for a summer after his father dies . . . )

By embracing my life in its entirety — joys, triumphs, flaws, bungles, and disasters included — I came to see that trying to improve life and trying to perfect life, while they may seem one and the same, actually have opposite results. 

The wish to improve life is real and attainable, but the desire for a perfect life — the perfect home, the perfect health, the perfect job, the perfect love, whatever it is — is the desire for something nonexistent.  

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With all the good we encounter in life, there will always be at least a bit of bad, we will always find a piece of fortune in misfortune when we look close enough. Why does the Universe work in this mysterious way? Maybe because flaws and mishaps are great stimuli for growth and creativity. 

Did you know that numerous imperfections, failures, and mistakes led to the discovery of DNA, penicillin, aspirin, X-rays, Teflon, Velcro, nylon, cornflakes, Coca-Cola, and chocolate chip cookies? 

In our own lives, it’s not the parties and vacations but the mind-opening trials of heart and soul that lead us to our greatest personal discoveries. 

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From the commonsense insights of Wabi Sabi, we learn that it’s not despite our problems but because of them that our hearts hold everything we need to be joyful. We come to see that where we want to go in life is forever found right where we are. 

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The way of Wabi Sabi honors the quirks,  

     the oddities, the humble, 

          the unconventional . . .  

It celebrates the perfectly imperfect uniqueness of you 

     and me 

          and everything

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