Perfectly Imperfect…..

What Is My Idea Of Perfection? This is our Sandbox Challenge this week! Impromptu Promptlings Sandbox Challenge

My immediate response when I read our challenge and the word perfection, was gazing into my newborn children’s eyes after hours of labor…and later, my grandchildren’s. There will never be another Perfect Moment such of those……..

Then my thoughts went to a book I read a few years ago and the concept of Wabi Sabi. I actually had this quote highlighted.

“Appreciation manifests joy. We don’t need to live by some impossible standard to have a joyful, contributive, ‘enlightened’ existence. We don’t need to become someone else or wait until things become ‘perfect’ to appreciate the whole of our lives.” 


Broadly, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It’s flea markets, not shopping malls; aged wood, not swank floor coverings; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It 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. mind and body/wabi sabi

Besides, I believe the definition of perfection is as individual and diverse as we are. I prefer, at this stage of my life, to see and embrace the imperfect perfections………

9 thoughts on “Perfectly Imperfect…..

  1. Love so much of this. First, “contributive” existence. Yes! One cannot find their life until they lost it in service to others, as Jesus said. I have experienced that so often. And It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. That immediately brought to mind a woman’s body after she’s given birth to children. Plato’s philosophy is so much this way. I bookmarked that site to read. This was a beautiful post, dear dragonfly!

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  3. Hi,
    It is a pleasure to find your blog. I am also someone who is on her own “life journey”. I think of and learn about. things that would have been unthinkable or crazy at 30!
    We each have to come into our own wisdom and pass the light on to the younger ones. I am in those “gap” years…
    The dragonfly is a symbol of transformation and change, as a bonus to you and everyone who reads your blog, I offer my “dragonfly moment” on my blog:

    Be well!

  4. Fantastic post, I’ll have to look into wabi sabi some more 🙂 ’embrace the imperfect perfections’ – seems we’re all denying perfection in our different ways in the responses I read so far 🙂

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