The Art & Beauty of Imperfection

"Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder as does perfection and imperfection".

“In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transcience and imperfection. Also, appreciating the beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete”

Take nature, for example, a landscape in which we see beauty is in fact chaos – trees, rocks, flowers scattered randomly, with no plan or design, is the beauty that is seen.
But... if we do look closely, some will notice repeated patterns (in plants, trees, fruit & vegetables, in the human body, and the universe).

Wabi-sabi is the concept of spiritual depth and mystical simplicity. Its history makes it unique.

Additionally, it teaches us that there is a marvelous honesty in the natural process of ‘aging’ and ‘deterioration’, a moral message that can help us cope with ‘getting older’, coping with loss, and ultimately accepting death.

It is mostly in our everyday lives, where wabi-sabi can acquire powerful importance. The concept could be a tool to help individuals overcome their perfectionism.

Could it help artists, or even daily people, emerge out of their creativity block?

Hence, wabi-sabi can urge us to draw even if we have no particular talent in drawing, to sing even if we are not endowed with a melodic voice, to write even if we leave our text unfinished

Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect. The wabi-sabi notion opens our eyes up to a whole new universe, where nothingness matters simply because it’s beautiful.
All we have to do is embrace it - in our own uniquely imperfect but beautiful way.

As a dear friend of mine once said: "There is a crack, a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in". (Leonard Cohen)

The kintsugi technique suggests many things. We shouldn’t throw away broken objects. When an object breaks, it doesn’t mean that it is no more useful. Its breakages can become valuable. We should try to repair things because sometimes, in doing so, we obtain more valuable objects.
This is the essence of resilience. Each of us should look for a way to cope with traumatic events in a positive way, learn from negative experiences, take the best from them and convince ourselves that exactly these experiences make each person unique and precious.
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May I share with you a poem I wrote and posted on CS years ago.

Broken And Beautiful
Author: socrates44

A mould-shaped symmetrical bowl
has no character of its own
It's just like the mould-shaped others
and it is merely a clone
If the bowl is shattered to pieces
and the pieces stuck together once more
It creates a beautiful mosaic
that one cannot help but adore

The bark on the trunk of a young sapling
is just like that of any young tree
It is like an unwritten page
which is plain and ordinary
With age the bark gets cracked and broken
and acquires its own uniqueness
It provides a home for many insects
and becomes a thing of loveliness
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Posted: Feb 2014

About this poem:
Perhaps, it is because of the experience of being broken by hurt, and the suffering that goes with it, in whatever area of life, that we are able to experience greater depths of happiness at a later time.
Kahlil Gibran says:
"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."
Perhaps, it is within the very cracks of our brokenness that we can discover a new joy and beauty that we may not be able to experience if we were not cracked and broken.
I wish to dedicate this piece to those who have experienced acute pain and suffering in their lives, whether in romantic love or otherwise.
Remember the words of Kahlil Gibran!

Wow Socrates, how lovely!

I can relate with all what you wrote here.
You describe exactly my feelings. How beautiful! smitten
I like also what Khalil said .."it is within the cracks of our own brokenness..."

Very true indeed!
We need to have experienced it in order to know it.

Thanks Socrates for posting your poem.
It fits in perfectly. thumbs up love
Yes. A great idea. Perhaps we should all have a limb amputated so that we can appreciate what it's like and express joy at the experience. A new look. Unless it was done, we could never know how it felt. Let the whole world run a natural path. Let everything be overgrown and never maintained. No roads or ability to travel. What a great experience.
doh comfort
I'm so frustrating, I know.
doh grin
an acceptance and maybe recycling yep beauty in eye of beholder Dan

Socrates poem brilliant too thumbs up
The historical Socrates was so happy, he committed suicide by poisoning himself.
To say that suffering is beneficial in any way is propaganda put out by authorities to excuse the ill treatment and poverty of the poorer classes of people and those who have no medical care.
I think so too, Red.
How strange that he had written a poem about the same topic years ago.
But, nothing is really that strange, is it?
Not really, Crown.
You just like to challenge everything. Which is not a bad idea, after all.
We do need challenges in our life. dunno
nope your like a gnat so be swiped with paper and dropped outside laugh laugh
Yes, in a way that's true.

However, there's something much deeper going on....(no conspiracy!)grin
Lovely poem Soc's with such beautiful words wine
dan...when you talk about beautiful and natural things...why do you think the vast majority of women apply makeup? is it not fakery and masking the natural appearance of a woman? is it programming from childhood...that makes women think...that they need to cover their natural looks...cause they think are not good go out into public...without makeup and pretend to be something they are not?
so many thing tend to be social condition and i see clearly agendas...i never noticed in the past wow
so many things tend to be social conditioning and i see clearly agendas...i never noticed in the past.

I think of all the beautiful countryside and nature...but I wonder how long this will remain?
Hello Lee wave

To make up or not make up, that is the question???

I don't personally wear any most of the time as I prefer the natural look.
On occasions, when going out somewhere special, maybe a bit of mascara is enough for me.

As for women wearing it... I once asked several women that question...
They all said "to look attractive, more confident"
To each their own I suppose dunno
Maybe it's in human's nature to want to destroy things? dunno
Also to kill animals.

Survival instinct?

Many have lost the ability to appreciate beauty in small little things in life.

We live in a materialistic society, Lee.
My car, my house, my other car, my man, my woman etc...

What about "OUR land, Our beach, Our countryside, Our mountains and rivers?
And looking after them?
As a man, how do you like kissing a woman with bright red lipstick?
Does it appeal to you?
i lived at the seaside for many years...before i moved to i enjoy watching and listening to the sound of the ocean...when i visit the coast.
simple pleasures life are free...but so many won't stop to lookconfused
I agree. I love the sea too and the beach is down the road.
I also have a panoramic seaview from my windows.

Those are free and very pleasant. smitten
my exe never wore lipstick...but i was still happy to kiss herwow
i like a natural women...a woman...who always looks the way she was intended to smoke and mirrors...just natural...cause she is going against social programming and displaying honesty in her physical i think the chances are...she will display it in other ways toowow
how do you feel about sea gullsconfused i feed them when i visit the coast and talk t themlaugh
But I was asking about bright red lipstick because I had a friend who couldn't go out without.
It made her look attractive and more confident, so she said.

In fact, she was hiding her insecurities.

I still would like to know if bright red lipstick is appealing to a man?
Does it invite kissing?

I have a couple coming on my roof every morning to drink the dogs' water when they're asleep.
And if the dogs come near, they get chased off!.laugh

I also give them some bread.
the red sexually suggestive and supposed to simulate .the arousal of a woman's...lower area...when she is sexually arousedlaugh
i'm sure some women understand this and others have no idea...but makeup was invented for a reasongrin
I know it is sexually suggestive, but arousing for a man
Of course! The female's role is to attract a suitable mate to give her kids.

In the animal kingdom there is no make up but the female has other ways to make herself attractive to the male...
All for reproductive purposes.

However, apes and dolphins have pleasure when doing it.
i would prefer the animalistic waylaugh
are apes and dolphins doing it togetherconfused laugh

makeup is also used for tribal reasons...clowns wear it...people on stage and in movies wear it...some musicians wear it...drag queens wear itlaugh
for some men maybegrin
mimes wear it too

That's true! It's all a facade.
It's all symbolic in tribes.

Apes and dolphins doing it together? laugh

However, male chimps, gorillas get attracted to women...
And so do male dolphins.
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