imperfection — a simple island life

What do you see when you look at the photo above? Do you see a worn out floor with chipped paint? Or do you see the beautiful patina of a room with many stories to tell. When I’m looking at a garden, I gravitate towards the slightly tousled ones, where the plants are overflowing their beds and the garden furniture is weathered, or the slight mismatch of things in a home accumulated over time, instead of everything perfectly matched.

In Japan they have a phrase called wabi-sabi, which loosely means a view of acceptance in transience and imperfection. Sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature.

It’s a lovely frame of mind when you start practicing looking for the beauty in imperfection. In a way, it’s sort of seeing the glass half full. Not what needs to be fixed or what would make it better. Just appreciating it for what it is. In addition to actually things, it can include how we look at people, including ourselves, and situations or events in our lives.

Hope you see something beautiful today. ?

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