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

Wabi-Sabi: The Joy of Letting Go

How this Japanese philosophy can give us a healthier perspective on life

Jean Edelman: This week I just want to share something I absolutely love. I want to share Wabi-sabi. No, not wasabi, the condiment we eat with our sushi. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that acknowledges three simple beliefs. Nothing lasts. Nothing’s finished. And nothing is perfect. Thank you, sign me up!

This wonderful, generous lens on life could help us see everything in a kinder, more accepting way, less judgmental of ourselves and others. Understanding that we are imperfect, impermanent and incomplete can give us great perspective. Can we live in a state of appreciation instead of this perfection? Can we see and accept ourselves just as we are? Can we accept that we are a wonderful work in progress?

These are big questions, but let’s dive a little deeper. Nothing lasts. Remembering that we have a finite number of days on this earth. Maybe that could help us live with more tolerance, kindness, gratitude. Maybe this could help give us perspective of living a more impactful life. Maybe this could help us have focus of making positive changes in the world. We wouldn’t waste time on unimportant issues or drama. Accepting our impermanence could help us be more present in our daily interactions. The concept of nothing is finished. Understanding and being more accepting of change, perhaps see ourselves as a painting that we will never see the last brush stroke. The artwork is not meant to be complete. We are never a finished work of art.

It is to improve and continue to learn and be curious. That is the journey of a good, happy life. The concept of nothing is perfect. Thank you! I can stop being so hard on myself. I’m never going to be perfectly perfect. And you know what? It’s okay. Each day is a practice session. Failure is our greatest teacher. We learn from our mistakes. We can pick ourselves up and we can try again. Wabi-sabi is a wonderful generous lens on life that can help us focus on what is real and what is in front of us. Nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect. Wabi-sabi. So what’s my word of the week? It’s going to be WABI-SABI.

The W is for Wise. We all have great intuition and wisdom. We need to trust that that will lead us through a happy day.

The A is for Awesome because we are all awesome.

And the B is for Brave because it takes courage to move out of our comfort zone, to look for change and to make ourselves better.

The I is for Impact; making the world a better place.

And the S is for Smile. When we smile, others smile and it is contagious.

The A is for Authentic. This is time to be real. This is all there is.

And the B is for Beautiful. Because each of us brings beauty to this wonderful, wonderful world.

The last I is for Imagine; to illuminate. Imagine it and illuminate the world with our actions.

Wabi-sabi: A wonderful concept to ponder something to give us perspective that can bring us joy and happiness. Have a wonderful, wonderful week.

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