The language we use profoundly shapes how we view the world around us. Each language has it’s own unique set of words describing experiences, emotions, and objects. If something was given a word, that highlights a certain level of importance and value to a region, culture, and group of people. I am fascinated by words that exist in other languages that are not a part of the English language. There are a couple Japanese words and concepts I lean on in tough times which provide a more empowering and uplifting point of view.
wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept and worldview centered on finding beauty in the imperfect, incomplete, and impermanent. It symbolizes accepting the natural cycle of creation, growth, maintenance, loss, and decay. Where can you find beauty and acceptance in the parts of you, your life, and the world currently characterized by disorder, chaos, struggle, and loss? When we find beauty and acceptance in anything, it makes it easier to see beauty in and accept ourselves.
kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold and understanding the piece is more beautiful for having been broken and repaired. What hardships and struggles have you experienced that have made you a better person?