It’s late, my mind is unable to process much of what this day has placed and n front of me, but as I reflect on the day I am led to the Japanese notion of Wabi Sabi.
Wabi-sabi understands and celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly.
Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet—that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust. Nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and erosion are embodied in frayed edges, rust, liver spots. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace both the glory and the melancholy found in these marks of passing time.
But rather than becoming melancholy about the natural passing of time I want to celebrate the brokenness around me. Because in acknowledging the brokenness we see the life that has led to that point. We can start to see past the dust and decay and see what lies beneath.
So often we see the outer shell. The colour of the skin, the disability, the tics or marks or damage, yet beneath that is a person. We need to open our eyes to them. To their journey, to accept the beauty of their brokenness in order to see past it to the beauty within.