Wabi Sabi is a Japanese phrase referring to a serene melancholy of a romantic spiritual longing. It’s an appreciation of things that are broken, impermanent, tried and failed
Whenever I speak with people about my job, we eventually land on the question, “Do you know what you want to do?” I tend to find myself stumped. I live often knowing what I don’t want to do, and use my distastes as reference points. I know what I can be against. I’m against sad desk lunches. I’m against windowless offices. I’m against trudging through 50 minutes of angry hot traffic. I’m against colorless walls. I’m against using Arial for a bulk of documentation I write for my company. Underneath every complaint is that undefined longing for something more.
Maybe it’s functionally difficult to follow through with wabi sabi. It’s hard to celebrate the broken diffuse feeling of the mundane and unspectacular. It’s not easy to simply be…right where you are, and to feel accepted by your peers, your family, and especially…your self. But the idea of it resonates. The half-way celebration of having failed at a search, the freedom of acknowledging you aren’t the most qualified being on deciding what is best for you, the quiet laughter at your past unpreventable blunders…Japan says we need it. And while they may not be the most credible nation about living, I think they’re onto something.
9:05 pm • 20 March 2014 • 5 notes
This is the most beautiful multi-day pack I’ve ever seen…
10:57 am • 7 March 2014 • 4 notes
“I interviewed a woman who is terminally ill. ‘So,’ I tried to delicately ask, ‘What is it like to wake up every morning and know that you are dying?’ ‘Well,’ she responded, ‘What is it like to wake up every morning and pretend that you are not?’”
— Unknown (via psychiatric-anarchist)
(Source: fleshscars, via barrebelle)
10:04 pm • 2 January 2014 • 153,921 notes
1. Do the things that bring me joy, & do them often
Be out in nature, hike, scramble, climb. Travel, get to know strangers, bike around, thrift, read, hug often, give gifts
2. Be thoughtful, generous, & thoughtfully generous
Think of others often, find ways to show love, learn the names of the poor, be smart with where I give my time & money - then give of them often
3. Work with children in some capacity
I need to understand where my passion for youth lies - age group, gender, or otherwise. Where is my place/what role do I want in their lives?
4. Let my “yes” be yes & my “no” be no
Make decisions quickly & follow through with them. No “maybe” or “later” unless absolutely necessary. Be more resolute with my commitments
5. Don’t let money become an object
Money is a great thing but should never become something I depend on for security. It should never be viewed as my own; rather, as a gift - and one that should be easily regifted.
6. Engage in great conversations with those around me
So tired of the same old small talk. Challenge others and prepare to be challenged in return. Ask the hard questions. Life’s too short, and interactions often too brief, to be reduced to small talk.
7. Pray more (a lot more)
Prayer exhibits dependency. I know I need to depend on God with my issues of doubt. Therefore, pray.
8. Finish my journal
Get off my iPhone & social media. Think, read, speak, write. Create, rather than consume.
9. Cross train
Commit to three 30 minute aerobic workouts/week (i.e. run, bike, elliptical, abs, NTC)
10. Eat slower
Stop eating as if the food in front of me is about to disappear.
11. Work on Chinese.. somehow..
12:25 pm • 30 December 2013 • 6 notes
“But the trouble with deep belief is that it costs something. And there is something inside of me, some selfish beast of a subtle thing, that doesn’t like the truth at all because it carries responsibility, and if I actually believe these things, I have to do something about them. It is so, so cumbersome to believe anything.”
— Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
11:39 am • 1 December 2013 • 7 notes
11/28/13 - Thanksgiving Day
I’m 22 years old. Lots and lots to be thankful for. Never know what the proper response is, besides counting my blessings and being grateful. Not every kid went home to loving parents today, to a house full of food and holiday cheer. Not every person is spending today with loved ones. Some might eat their thanksgiving dinners alone. Some, on the streets. Some, among people that have wronged them.
So what is the proper response? Take joy in the abundance of food, love, support, happiness, comfort, safety. Give to others in the overflow. Remember those who aren’t so lucky. Pray? That their next thanksgiving would be better.
7:47 pm • 30 November 2013 • 5 notes
Broadly Speaking, the Things I’m Passionate About
- Helping others reach their potential
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Setting goals and working toward them
- Being a good steward of what I’ve been given (money, time, relationships)
11:40 pm • 4 November 2013 • 5 notes