Wabi-sabi refers to “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life, and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.”
It resonates with Riri because of the obsession for perfection and glorifying of things that “fit” the impossible standard of having NO flaws (marks, dents, spots, and asymmetry). The manufacturing world is obsessed with production of the “same” exact units — identical, replicate…mass culture. Millions of the same product. Uniformity is a mark of great efficiency.
However, when it comes to individuality, the reverse is true. We should aim to be ourselves; in mind, body and spirit. Whatever it is that makes you uniquely you, that is your true gem. Never be afraid to stand out or to be different. Embrace the things that others might pick on: height, weight, race, how you walk, how you carry yourself, how you talk, your chipped teeth, cross-eyes, birthmarks, unibrows, and everything in-between! …and everything in-between! …and that’s only what is visible!
Wabi-sabi calls on our spirit, soul, and mind, in order to appreciate our strengths that are reflected by those things that we would much prefer to hide.
No matter what we are going through right now, the challenges, stresses, and abandonment or overwhelm, those are the things that make us grow. You are beautiful. I am beautiful. We are evolving. We are loved.
I pray that we all find peace within ourselves, as well as appreciate our individual ‘riri’ (beauty).