Wabi sabi is a traditional Japanese concept that pertains to finding the beauty in imperfection and impermanence. It is both an aesthetic concept and a philosophy (or how one sees the world).
As an aesthetic concept, it helps artists appreciate the curves, the edges, the roughness, the asymmetry, and even the incompleteness of art. It helps artists create and ship imperfect art.
As a philosophy and a worldview, it teaches us appreciate and embrace our imperfections and those of others. It helps us accept that the world is not perfect. It helps us see the world’s beauty despite its unfairness, its brokenness, and all its wrinkles.
And perhaps, most importantly, it teaches us to accept the impermanence of life and of this world. It teaches us to cherish every moment, whether at work or with our loved ones, and make the most of our time here on earth. To pursue what is truly important. To be true to ourselves. To be loving. To live each day with love and purpose.
P.S. Another Japanese concept that stuck with me is kaizen.