The most valuable lesson I have learned is that the most meaningful journey is the inner journey.

Finding Beauty in the Imperfect

What lessons we learn when we stop seeking perfection

Jean Edelman: Great to be with you this week. This week, I want to bring back one of my favorites: Wabi-Sabi. I love sharing this. No, it’s not wasabi, the condiment we eat with sushi. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that acknowledges three simple beliefs. Nothing lasts, nothing’s finished, and nothing is perfect. This generous lens on life can help us in everything. It can help us have a kinder outlook. It can help us have a more accepting view on the world. It can help us have less judgment of ourselves and others. Because understanding we are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete is the perfect perspective for a balanced life.

We can live in a state of appreciation instead of focusing on this perfection that is never going to be. We can accept ourselves just as we are, and we can accept that we are a work in progress. So, big things and big concepts to think about, but let’s dive a little deeper. Nothing lasts. Remember, we have finite days on this earth, this beautiful, beautiful earth.

And understanding Wabi-Sabi, could it help us live with more tolerance, kindness, and gratitude? Could it help us have perspective of living a more impactful life? Could it help us have focus on making positive changes in the world? Understanding Wabi-Sabi, we would not waste time with unimportant issues or drama. Wabi-Sabi could help us accept our impermanence and could help us be more present in our daily interactions.

So nothing’s finished. Maybe Wabi-Sabi could help us understand and be more accepting of change. Maybe if we saw ourselves as a beautiful painting that will never see the last brushstroke. The artwork is not meant to be complete. If I’m never a finished work of art, I get to improve, I get to learn, and I get to be curious.

The concept of nothing is perfect. Well, I think, thank you. We can stop being so hard on ourselves, because we’re never going to get perfectly perfect. Each day, if we can understand it and see it as a practice session, and that failure is a great teacher, and that we learn from our mistakes, we can pick ourselves up and try again. Wabi-Sabi is a wonderful, generous lens on life. That can help us focus on what is real and what is important and what is in front of us. Nothing lasts. Nothing’s finished. Nothing’s perfect.
So my action item is, let’s look at areas in our life where we could be a bit more forgiving, have a bit more compassion, and be a bit kinder with ourselves.

My word of the week is going to be Wabi-Sabi.

The W is for Wise, because we all have great intuition and inner wisdom. And it is time to trust ourselves and the messages that we get, the inner knowing that we get.

The A is for Awesome, because we are all awesome. We are all beautiful works of art.

The B is for Brave, because you know what, it takes courage to move out of our comfort zone to look at ourselves and have a bigger and more generous perspective on life.

The I is for Impact, because we should want to make the world a better place. Not sure everyone wants that, but I think that impact and positive impact is a good goal to have.

The S is for Smile, because when we smile, everyone around us smiles because it is contagious.

A is for Authentic. It’s time to be real. Just trust who we are and show the world our light.

The B is for Beautiful, because each of us brings beauty to this amazing world.

The I is for Imagination, because if we can imagine it, we can make it happen and we can have a better world around us.

So Wabi-Sabi, it is something to ponder. It gives us perspective that can bring joy and happiness. Have a great week, everyone.

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