Friday, July 19, 2013

Imperfect Beauty

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, than awaken all of yourself.  If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own transformation.”  - Lao Tzu

Part of my transformation involves developing an appreciation for the imperfect beauty that surrounds me. I’ve been working hard to change my way of thinking and seeing and behaving.

I’m trying to embrace the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi, where beauty is described as imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  Wabi-sabi brings a quiet acceptance of life as it is, rather than what we demand it to be.

On a recent trip to the “old home place,” where my grandparents raised their family of five children in rural King George, I studied the remnants of a life well lived. What at first glance appeared to be a run-down shack, was actually a testament to love, so clear and strong, it brought tears to my eyes.  As I carefully composed pictures of little pieces of life, a cool breeze drifted through the house.

I shivered as I realized the gifts I received in that home - clarity and gratitude.

home place

flower and door frame

spring and dish drain

thermometer and pipe
 
thread and clothespins

umbrella and peeling paint

window and red chairs

I'm linking up with Kim Klassen today and my Friday Find is the reassurance that only home can bring.

kim klaxon dot com


7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful thing to 'find'!

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  2. Such a beautiful post, Donna !
    Perfect imperfect beauty, these photos are just wonderful !
    Nice weekend,
    Sylvia

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  3. Beautiful story to beautiful images....Just so lovely.

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  4. Kim Klassen attracts the kindest group of bloggers. It is such a pleasure to visit the blogs of Friday Finds and discover that support and friendship are only a click away. Thank you for the feedback and I'll stop by to say Hi to each of you.

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  5. Very moving tribute to your past.
    What a great eye you have for composition: these images are all works of art.

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  6. love your post and all the old goodies you found. those chairs look like they need a bit of lovin' again. Coming over from Kim's Friday finds and glad I did.
    peace n abundance,
    CheyAnne
    www.cheyannesexton.etsy.com

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  7. "I’m trying to embrace the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi, where beauty is described as imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Wabi-sabi brings a quiet acceptance of life as it is, rather than what we demand it to be."


    Just love this quote and need this in my life right now, thanks for sharing.
    peace

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