At the heart of Japanese philosophy and wisdom lies a concept called ‘Wabi-Sabi’, a term which denotes a commitment to the everyday, the melancholic, the somewhat broken and the imperfect.

Wabi-sabi denotes the appreciation of the aesthetic of the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, of the humbly unconventional.

It is a term and a philosophy I think we need a lot more of in our lives.

Even though we are always obsessed by perfection, perfect looks, perfect life, perfect gadgets, there are ever many things that are not imperfect.

No matter how hard we try to be display perfection, no one is perfect.

Wabi Sabi refers to the beauty of the imperfect, the rustic, and the melancholoy.

I love the term melancholy. 🙂

Wabi Sabi is more about fragile, slightly broken, and modest.

Wabi Sabi believes the things are always more beautiful carrying the marks of age and individuality.

A beautifully repaired crack on a piece of pottery are to be appreciated rather than discarded.

Wabi = originally meant the misery and loneliness of living in nature, away from human consolation.

Its meaning has now shifted, to an almost exquisite bitter sweet melancholy, a being on one’s own.

Wabi refers to the kind of beauty found in asymmetrical, uneven or unbalanced things. The asymmetry of a ceramic bowl is an example of wabi

Sabi = originally meant chill, lean, or withered, now denotes the marks of aging and wear, which can enhance an object.

It refers to a positive impermanence and the welcome and noble signs of time.

The ancient pattern of a pot or a crack beautifully mended are now called Sabi.

Sabi is the beauty of aged things and speaks to the impermanence of life through the passage of time. An example of sabi is the lovely patina found on a rusted old metal wall.

With the ideals of Wabi-Sabi in mind, may we learn to find greater satisfaction in the humble moments, in the walk down a crocked path, or a slightly overcast weather, or a less than blemish free house, face or soul.

If you are intending to start a business or just start, do not wait for a perfect start. Start with what you have and where you are.

Wabi-Sabi does not expect a perfect start, but a start that can be perfected later.

Wabi-Sabi is a philosophy of achieving perfection through imperfections.

Things that might not work, but do it anyway.

The ideas, products and services may not be 100%, but try them anyway.

If you are going to offer something that is imperfect, by all means, make it as good as you possibly can, but embrace the fact that you are not selling perfect. You are selling interesting. You are selling possibility. You are selling connection. 

More effort creates beauty and magic and remarkability.

Perfectionism is a false hope and a place to hide.

Effort, on the other hand, is our best chance to do work that truly matters.

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