Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic concept that finds beauty in imperfection and the universe’s natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.
Embracing wabi-sabi means eschewing the unnecessary, getting rid of the clutter and valuing authenticity above all else.
Wabi-sabi requires us to accept the reality that nothing lasts, nothing is ever truly finished, and nothing is perfect. It requires us to not only believe that this is okay, but to see that there is great power and serenity in the practice. It points us to the notion that imperfection is an incredible gift.
For me, it is precisely my wrong-headed attachment to the concept of perfection that keeps me spinning and stuck and caught in my fear of shipping.
For me, I can easily get distracted, adding needless complexity to a project or adorning an idea with superficiality, when it’s more than good enough just as it is.
For me, it’s so easy to see the risk in being wrong, without seeing the greater risk inherent in my inaction and the uselessness of endless worry.
When I inject wabi-sabi into my creative process, I produce more and stress less.
When I embrace wabi-sabi I am unleashed from the shackles of thinking for thinking’s sake.
When I practice wabi-sabi I am able to fail better.
And that’s perfect enough for me.
A version of this post originally appeared on my business blog.