I first heard the term 'wabi sabi' while watching a show on HGTV. The host and the homeowner were installing something and it cracked. The host said now it's wabi sabi. When the homeowner asked what that means, he said it's perfectly imperfect.
Aha! That got my attention. My curiosity was piqued. I love a great two-word paradox/oxymoron. I made it my new mission to find out all I could about this mysterious wabi sabi and I have given much thought to what perfectly imperfect means to me.
This is an ongoing and enjoyable quest. Here's what I've learned so far.
When I started thinking about the phrase 'perfectly imperfect' and embraced it into my way of thinking and being, I felt a million times lighter. I felt free. I started to notice so much more around me. I started noticing with my 'artist's eye', my designer's eye. In my new perfectly imperfect mindset, I actually see more beauty in my surroundings and experiences. I am more self-accepting and delighted by what pops up in this space and place of being. I've stopped seeking and striving for perfection.
What does it mean to be perfectly imperfect? It means that everything is perfect exactly where you are, right now, in this time and space. It means self-acceptance. It means freedom from perfectionism. It means you are good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever enough. Enough to appreciate, celebrate and embrace all the juicy imperfections in yourself, other people, nature, objects, animals or whatever shows up in your perfectly imperfect life.
As this blog starts to blossom and grow, I hope you will enjoy the journey with me.
With loving kindness,