Wabi Sabi is intentional imperfection.
My Virgo attitude says people intend to be perfect, but often fall short because they don’t try hard enough. They don’t write often enough. They don’t want it bad enough.
Life experience, however, says that’s an earthenware pot of fecal matter.
The people who wait for perfection in order to publish… are never going to live fully. It’s time to be intentionally imperfect, and to cherish every word!
I like the idea of intentional imperfection. In the olden days, quilters would, on purpose, insert one “mistake” so that they would not think they had created the perfect quilt. The principle behind this practice was only God is perfect. The perfect quilt is an illusion; perceiving one’s work as perfect could contribute to false pride. Better to be intentionally humble than to elevate yourself to God’s stature.
Yet all of those old “imperfect” quilts are artworks of perfect beauty and uncommon handiwork.
Exactly, Andrea! All of my writing (just like all of my quilts) are Wabi Sabi. Only I’m not a good enough quilter yet to have to insert mistakes intentionally… Merely to acknowledge them and my lack of God-likeness 😀
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m “messy perfection” and I’m good with that!
My mother always claims that you can say anything if you use the right vocabulary, so I truly laughed aloud when I read the line about the earthenware. I like the idea of the quilters, but had a teacher once who refused to give his students 100% on their papers because “nobody’s perfect.” It was a math class, so I’m not sure how he justified marking problems wrong that were mathematically correct – if I remember correctly he blamed handwriting.
As a child my math strove for perfection. Now I just pray I can still get the checkbook in the vicinity of the right number of overall digits!