Wabi-Sabi: Learning the Art of Imperfection
This time of year, duality exists everywhere.
Making up the bed for guests.
Stripping the sheets after they’ve gone.
There are pros.
Wrapped presents, unwrapped.
A clean kitchen.
A kitchen to clean.
That sense of being together.
That sense of feeling alone.
If you feel some of these and other times, all of it at once, you’re not alone. In fact, here is the great news: you’re terribly alive.
Wabi-sabi, which stems from Japanese tradition and doesn’t directly translate into English, is the art of finding beauty in imperfections. Authenticity, when it comes to wabi-sabi, matters most. Let things be as they are. Seek authenticity. Do not strive for perfection.
This year, don’t avoid the moments that make you feel uncomfortable. Find their worth. Let authenticity lead you on through the peaceful moments of this season, through the joyous moments, and through the darker nights this time of year.
About The Author
Erin Pesut is a writer based in North Carolina. As the previous editor at City View Magazine, she also received her Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in fiction from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. In addition to her love of reading and writing, Erin is also deeply passionate about health and wellness and works as an educator with Beautycounter, an education-first company based out of California. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and their dog, Teddy.