|wabi-sabi, in Kanji|
Following a trail of links while traveling in blog-land today, I happened upon the Japanese term Wabi-Sabi. One of those words that is pretty much impossible to simply translate into English, it's often described as a "way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay." This is a major simplification; one site likened English translations of the term to be as difficult as describing the taste of chocolate. In any case, I love the idea of this concept, or worldview, and will add it to the list of Asian stuff I find awesome, like Thai food, Zen, tea, gardens, and Kaizen. MS offers plenty of imperfection, as well as cycles of growth and decay, and my MS muse is all about the wabi-sabi way. There is much beauty to be found, even in MS-land.