Wabi-Sabi (noun) Origin: Japanese | The discovery of beauty within the imperfections of life and art.
This yet another Japanese aesthetic that has a very deep meaning in which life and art are viewed as beautiful not because they are perfect and eternal but because they are imperfect and fleeting.
We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives. Tara Stiles
Every time I go home I find that everything has changed. I mean some of the things are the same, but for the most part, it is all different. Like in my brain that one laugh, that one smile, that one experience remains, but all of the emotions have changed. It’s like starting over each time. Sometimes that makes me happy and sometimes that makes me sad. I try to hold on to the happy and ignore the sad. However, it’s possible that the sadness and the anger and the misunderstandings help you to realize how fleeting the happy times are and how you should be holding on to them even tighter. These happy times are exactly the wabi-sabi that makes it all so beautiful. That in the end, makes it all so very beautiful.
I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world. Ellen DeGeneres
“We are food for worms, lads,” announces John Keating, the unorthodox English teacher played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. “Believe it or not,” he tells his students, “each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.” – Poets.org
So here I am..I have been sitting for nearly 2 days..sniffling, coughing..wondering if I will live …missing my family and the friends who just finished visiting me in May..a spring/summer cold in June. In JUNE!!!! Loads of language homework in front of me I can’t seem to focus on..alone.. alone..all alone..no one to baby me back to health… feeling a little sorry for myself. I mean, why wouldn’t I..
Then.. I stumble across the Daily Post’s Challenge: Fleeting.
What an inspirational set of photos and pieces of writing. An hour disappears while I peruse other’s entries and I find myself inspired to submit a few of my own very recent fleeting moments. A few times with friends over the past few months. Happy fleeting moments that you can so easily forget about or take for granted. I have a great life and here’s to enjoying some of the most recent moments that came and went quicker than I could have imagined.