Embrace the imperfections, then take time to smell the roses! No one is perfect, so why put yourself down, for something that is virtually unattainable?
I posted a partially stitched and embroidered stone, on my Instagram account (amd_artfuldreamer) this morning. I was thinking about how difficult it was to stitch a perfect rock. It’s awkward in your hands, there is no give, and it’s heavy to work with. So, I decided to embrace the imperfections, and just go with the flow!
Threads are hanging, the stitches and edges aren’t perfect, yet the colours are sea-like and dreamy! I love the feel of it my hands, and it gives me a place to stick my needles! I don’t know why, but that makes me happy. If everything was perfect, I’d probably be afraid to let someone else handle my stone? What if they got it dirty? Would my rock be spoiled? Should I keep it in a box, or under glass? I think not!!
Do you believe in synchronicity? I’m not sure that I ever did, but today I became a believer! After posting, I scrolled down to my friend Christi’s post, of christiecarterphoto. In her comment, she mentioned that “every story has it’s frayed edges: some you see, some you don’t”. Doesn’t that sound like she’s already on the embrace the imperfections, bandwagon?
Then I swear that I saw at least two other posts mentioning Wabi-sabi, but of course I cannot find them right now! I forgot to hit save!!!
According to Wikipedia – “In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete …Characteristics of the Wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.”
Did you know that BeadFX, often offers slightly damaged products, at a discount (quantities and products vary, of course)? Isn’t that Wabi-sabi? Come into the store for a look-see, but it might be something as simple as a small chip. Wabi-sabi in action, yet a bargain to boot!!
I’m known around BeadFX, as the one who is sure to embrace the imperfections, by accepting rusty bits and pieces from her co-workers. Seriously, I have quite the collection, and I promise that I will do some rust dyeing as soon as the weather gets warmer!! I also seek out vintage linens and lace. Stains are okay, but not mildew, because I’m allergic!
Won’t you join me on my quest for Wabi-sabi? Perfection is overrated, and I intend to continue to embrace the imperfections!!