I don’t know quite when it started, but a family friend started saying “wabi-sabi” one summer here at the cottage. It has become a mantra of sorts for this little cottage life.
What does it mean? Well, if you asked me, I would say it means beauty in imperfection and appreciation of nature. You can read more about it here.
Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature….It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all.
It has become a pretty popular term for us here, with family and friends. The cottage life seems to really revel in the imperfect and, of course, nature. We enjoy the great outdoors daily. There is a lot of imperfection, from sloping floors and crooked doorways to us totally and shockingly imperfect people who grace this summer home.
Wabi-sabi is all about embracing imperfection, enjoying nature, seeing the beauty in flaws. Whether it is serving dinner to guests on chipped plates or tripping over loose floor boards, that is life. Trying to be perfect and make the environment around you perfect is a losing battle. Enjoy the way a creaky door sounds, forgive mistakes and stop criticizing, take in the beauty of nature. Stand in the rain.
True beauty comes from small things, simple things, moments with family or friends where you love each other despite flaws, enjoy dinner on a time-worn table, and laugh that the door frames are crooked, all while rain is falling outside on a summer day. Those things are authentic. Beauty is all around if you open yourself up to seeing it.