Wabi Sabi…

I am "done" with "to do" lists…well, at least for a few days.  In reality, I am taking a break from them while I am away from home.  Let’s face it anyway – "to do" lists never really are "done".  No sooner do I cross something off than another thing gets added.  I was trying to remember the other day back to a time when I had no "to do" list.  How did I ever survive and accomplish things without one?

I read an article in Woman’s Day this past week about Wabi Sabi.  Wabi sabi (according to the article) originated in 16th century Japan and basically embraces the notion that there is beauty in imperfection and wisdom in being satisfied with what you have (as opposed to wishing for or always striving for more).  Simplicity is valued as is age.  Oh yes…I am feeling the wabi sabi groove.

The article had a chart that showed how a wabi sabi perspective would deal with certain things, such as: instead of a McMansion, those in tune with wabi sabi would appreciate a cozy cottage; instead of a new car, wabi sabi gurus would appreciate the old car that is paid off; instead of an iPod, wabi sabi would have us humming; and by far my favorite – instead of plastic surgery, the wabi sabi approach is candlelight (to hide those wrinkles). Did I mention I was feeling the wabi sabi groove?

I am thinking that the wabi sabi approach to "to do" lists is to do the things you enjoy doing all in good time…and to never put them on a list that requires checking off.  What’s not to love about that?!

I am feeling a little wabi sabi today and I think I’ll linger in my wabi sabi mode for awhile – humming in the candlelight without a list in sight. 😉

 Day two hundred and fifty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da


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