I could almost have posted this on Wednesday as a wordless response to Rarasaur‘s first weekly Prompt for the Promptless Wabi-Sabi, but I post so many photos of Wilson, another picture needs another explanation!
I had not delved into the meaning of Wabi-Sabi before this evening, but it reads as a great concept that I fail to come close to on an hourly basis, let alone as a way of approaching life.“Wabi-sabi is a way of seeing the world that is at the heart of Japanese culture. It finds beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, modest, natural, and mysterious. It can be a little dark, but it is also warm and comfortable. It may be best understood as a feeling, rather than as an idea.” – Mark Reibstein and Ed Young
I strive for perfection on a daily basis, and therefore am doomed to fail before I open my eyes, as I am a human being, and therefore imperfect, and I am Barbara, and therefore even more so!!
If I had more of an attitude in tune with the way things are, rather than the way I want them to be, I would be a lot more content and a lot more fun to live with!
Instead I throw my toys out of the pram when I feel I am not good enough, or when I feel others are in the way of me being perfect, and I smother my family with blame for my imperfections, coming back to the tired old line “If only they would all just go away & leave me alone….”
I am immodest, I over complicate things, I am unharmonious, I would like to find beauty in what is simple, imperfect, natural, and mysterious, but imperfect is hard for me.
Wilson on the other hand is
a little dark, but it is also warm and comfortable. He also finds beauty in everything simple, imperfect, natural, and especially mysterious! He has mastered the art of Wabi-Sabi before he wakes up every morning, and now he is trying to teach me. 🙂 Muddy footprints through my freshly hoovered house are just one small way he reminds me to learn to accept the imperfect.
Finally, my favourite line from the Step 3 prayer; ‘Relieve me of the bondage of self’ I really need to be reminded of this more often! Thanks Rarasaur.