The Beauty of Imperfection

The Beauty of Imperfection

Wabi Sabi Mended Vase

“There is a crack in everything,
that’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

“We are all flawed creatures, all of us.
Some of us think that means we should fix our flaws.
But get rid of my flaws and there would be no one left.”
Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli

“Wabi-Sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities:
Nothing lasts,
Nothing is finished,
Nothing is perfect.”
Richard R. Powell

Ah, the beauty of Imperfection. This is the core of Japanese aesthetic.  Evanescent and incomplete, wear and tear, full of character, rich with history – the kind of beauty that sees the natural course of life as the epitome of allure and value.  The Japanese call this Wabi-Sabi.  And I’m pleased to report that it’s more than art.  It is a philosophical and spiritual way of life.

I think our modern culture could be all the richer for this mindset.  In a world where perfection is the goal: wanting more, doing most, being best – and getting there is too often an exhausting journey, Wabi-sabi veers us off the road to Crazy Town and sets us gently in the high country where we can breath the fresh air and view life and ourselves with perspective – with authenticity over perfection. Continue reading


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