Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year...New Word


As many of you know, I love to start the New Year with a new word…I find it so interesting how a word can be shown to you through out the year. I like choose a word that will help me with personal growth- something that defines your character as a human being…to become a better person.
Over the years, I have found that my chosen word shows itself in many different ways. Are all words present and my particular word is just brought to the forefront because I now notice it more?? For example, notice how many blue cars you see in one day...the cars are always there but you just notice them because you have them in the front of your mind...or is it that your special word will present only itself to you to learn a lesson!?
 
It does not matter to me either way because it presents itself with personal growth and insight into being a better person!
 
This year, the word is WABI SABI  わびさび
 
Wabi is humble and simple, and Sabi  is rusty and weathered.
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. 
 
It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not shiny glass. 
 
It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It is underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered.  
It is a gift of time. 

Wishing you all a beautiful New Year!


3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to start a year, with a word instead of hard to keep goals!
    Thank you!
    Joann

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  2. Ahhh, Wabi Sabi! Is a very good thing! It is also the name of one of my favorite books, author: Mark Reibstein. You can read a review of it at the New York Times online: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/books/review/Long-t.html Even though it is for children, it carries an important message for adults as well. Wabi Sabi is a cat, you will love it! Here's to a wonderful new year for everyone. Best, Ani

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  3. Love your blog and love the word of the year.
    Svetlana

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