I recently came across the Japanese tradition of Wabi-Sabi.
Although it is not the first time I have heard of the old idea of finding beauty in imperfection – I suddenly realised how well it fits into the idea of a simplified, minimalism, or essentialist way of life.
It is something to do about both focusing on finding purpose and beauty in ones own imperfect life design. “Whatever it is, it can’t be bought. Wabi-sabi is a state of mind, a way of being. It’s the subtle art of being at peace with yourself and your surroundings.”
Similar to what happens when one pairs down to a home filled with beautiful and necessary and much-loved items only. Similar to when one clears the calendar to fewer appointments and a life emerges with time to wonder and enjoy.
Here is an enjoyable read I found called Wabi-Sabi: The Art Of Imperfection.