I have a new puppy in my home. Izzy is a 6-month-old English bulldog with soft white puppy fur that seems to fly off her round chubby body onto every surface and material possible. As I looked down at the moss green Oriental rug and notice a sea of fine white puppy hair peppered all around, I make a mental note to myself: ‘Must find vacuum and remove all traces of shedding.’ As I thought more about a house with a pet, the wave of wabi-sabi came over me. Yes, this is a perfect example of imperfection, of wabi-sabi at home.
What is wabi-sabi? It is a term from the Japanese culture that refers to the natural state and condition of things. The natural state is something that in the Western culture we constantly struggle and wrestle with. We like our things to be perfect. It’s not just our things; we apply the same thinking to our bodies, relationships and more. No wrinkles, deficiencies, challenging moments or such. And in many homes, there is that high pressure to keep everything just perfect. Heavens forbid, a scratch or blemish exists in a piece of furniture. Read more