Now is the time... for deliciously soppy "best of" lists. Sitting back and reflecting upon the last year, I cannot say that I have done all the things I had hoped to have done. Yet I have learned more that I could have imagined. So here is a list of those lessons. I hope they are as valuable to you as they are to me.
The art of appreciating life for what it is.
Via Sarah Wilson... "Wabi sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection... Through wabi-sabi we learn to embrace our scars, rust, uneven finishes and the “bloom” of time they represent."
This beautiful little film The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom illustrates wabi-sabi perfectly.
"Even when the flower falls, we love it. That’s the heart of the Japanese person. Flowers dying is not a sad thing."
Read more here.
2. beautiful people do not just happen
And similarly, people are all the more beautiful for the hardship they endure.
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
3. live wholeheartedly
Brene Brown's TedTalk and book, The Gifts of Imperfection, moved me to (try to) be a better, more open, more whole person.
Connection is why we're here.
Yet we struggle to connect.
What stands in the way of connection is shame: the fear of disconnection. Is there something about me that if other people know or see it I won't be worthy of connection?
The key to overcoming shame is believing that we are worthy of love and belonging.
Read more here.