The Japanese art and philosophy of Wabi Sabi teaches us to embrace and celebrate the imperfect, the unfinished, the impermanent. To notice that it is the crack in the vase that gives it character and beauty; that lets in the light. We suffer when we deny this, when we try to make things fixed, permanent, perfect. Those of us who reach for perfection, who want to capture time and hold it motionless, miss the glory of change, the gift of evolution. The magic that lies in the mystery of transformation.
There is no reason to fear change, no reason to force motionlessness on a dancing world. If you would be happy, learn to appreciate what is unique, what is changing, what is still left undone. Instead of trying to capture the world, learn to dance with it.
It is the hidden beauty that connects us most powerfully to what is true and divine. For who can ever know what is perfect and what is a flaw? A closer look often reveals that a flaw is actually an object’s–a person’s–greatest strength and beauty. What we call a flaw is merely an invitation to look deeper.
Can you be sure that what you see, hear and feel is a flaw, and not the very essence of beauty?