Monday, November 25, 2013

Sometimes Everything Seems the Same, But Everything is Different

Saturday was one of those surreal brilliant days in Hong Kong, so shiny and bright that it almost hurt.  It was dazzling up on the Peak, albeit crisp and a bit windy. We were up earlier than usual for a Saturday, and we captured the following shots.

One of Michael's nieces, Ella, had sent us a character, Flat Stanley, from a book that they read in class.  We were supposed to help with her school project by taking him on an adventure and documenting it with pictures.  We were happy to oblige.

It is so cliched, but it is so important never to forget to take a deep breath and find beauty around you at all times. 

Recently I read something that referenced the Japanese concept of "wabi-sabi," which I had never heard before.  Over time, this philosophy has been interpreted differently and I am sure some of the nuance is lost in translation, but generally, wabi sabi is a philosophy or world view that centers on transience and imperfection.  It is the idea that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect, and the acceptance of such by finding beauty in that which is broken.   The book I was reading summarized it as "finding perfect in the imperfect".

Wabi sabi embraces the concept that one should find the most basic, simple things beautiful and interesting.  I think that it also means that one should live life as actively engaged as possible, and to find sense and peace in the here and now.

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