Which has more beauty, a Fabergé egg or a rustic pottery vase, with a worn patina from years of daily use? By definition we might say the Faberge egg, however, if we consider the concept of Wabi-Sabi, the vase’s simplistic beauty and imperfection encapsulates valuable qualities that help the observer transcend limiting beliefs.
It seems a natural human trait to seek perfection in ourselves and our surroundings, maintain the status quo, and strive for completion in our efforts. All of these tendencies can leave us feeling stressed and dissatisfied because in reality and according to the Japanese idea of Wabi Sabi, acheiving these ideals is never possible.
“Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”
Richard R. Powell
The word Wabi means simplicity and quietness; Sabi, the beauty or serenity that comes with age. However, a true understanding cannot be derived from the words. It is when we surround ourselves with natural, imperfect objects and experience the evidence of their change and aging that we can ease our expectations and appreciate life in the beauty of the moment.