Yesterday afternoon, we walked through the old quaint downtown area of our small city. Mr. P has a new camera and I asked him to photograph this.....
a wonderful article on the Japanese approach to daily life called "Wabi Sabi".
To quote:"Wabi sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental."
To illustrate: Wabi sabi is asymmetrical heirloom vegetables and handmade pottery, crow's feet and the frayed sleeves of a favorite wool sweater, exposed brick and the first draft of a difficult letter.
You won't find wabi sabi in Botox, glass-and-steel skyscrapers, smart phones, or the drive for relentless self-improvement. It's a beauty hidden right in front of our eyes, an aesthetic of simplicity that reveals itself only when animated through the daily work of living.Read more at Wholeliving.com: Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfection