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.