If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors
to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Friday, April 9, 2010

wabi sabi

My daughter, Jennifer suggested that this blog ~ ITLLDO:  an obsession with imperfection  ~ was described in a recent article found in Woman's Day magazine.  The term Wabi-Sabi refers to "a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.." 

YES!!! That is exactly what I am trying to emphasize here in my blog.

The article goes on to say, " It is also two separate words, with related but different meanings. "Wabi" is the kind of perfect beauty that is seemingly-paradoxically caused by just the right kind of imperfection, such as an asymmetry in a ceramic bowl which reflects the handmade craftsmanship, as opposed to another bowl which is perfect, but soul-less and machine-made. "Sabi" is the kind of beauty that can come only with age, such as the patina on a very old bronze statue. Wabi and Sabi are independent word stems in normal speech. They are brought together only to make a point about aesthetics."

Thank you Jennifer !

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