Wabi-sabi in my life…

A Japanese philosophy that originated in the 15th century as a reaction to the prevailing aesthetic of luxury, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and the ephemeral nature of life.

Rearrange, reorganize, replace, repeat

Until everything around you looks perfect and neat

The advice applies to your personal grooming, home and workplace

No specks of dirt, each task complete, no wrinkle in place

Cleanliness and organization are synonymous

With a person successful and industrious

To strive to improve your environment, leave it spotless

Is the mark of someone making progress..

Work towards perfection constantly, in every way

To feel accomplished at the end of the day


That summed up a lifetime of advice given to me

I did strive towards this vision of perfection, naturally

Until I started to feel vague stirrings of discontent

Things looked mostly perfect as was my intent

The world conspired to bring me to a moment of revelation

I found the concept of “wabi-sabi”, to my fascination

This was precisely the concept I needed to find

Even though it contradicted everything in my mind..


Imperfect, transient, earthy and rooted in authenticity

To embrace the world, flawed in its beauty

To slow down, observe, let things be as they exist

The impulse to change or improve them, try to resist

I am warming up to this concept gradually

Leaving things undisturbed rather than be in a frenzy

To make them perfect, unblemished or too clean

To see some things in the world as they were meant to be seen

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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