Ordinary Splendour

August 27, 2007

The Japanese have a term for something that is old and full of soul.

Wabi refers to aged and imperfect items that have a weathered or worn patina.

Ordinary things like an old teapot or a weathered wood fence have a value and nurture the soul in ways that slick new mass-produced things do not.

Rustic handmade pottery, an old garden gate, or well-worn but still comfortable shoes all carry an ordinary splendour.

Ordinary splendour is found in people, as well as in things. Where some people may see wrinkles and old age, you can choose to see the beauty of an ordinary person reflecting the splendour of God.


Painting: “Looking at the Young Fillies” by Aldo Luongo


8 Responses to “Ordinary Splendour”

  1. johnleaton Says:

    Lovely wabi-sabi, J.



    Do itashimashite, John. 🙂

    *Don’t mention it. You’re welcome, John.*

  2. Kyels Says:

    Splendour isn’t always about beauty. Even if an item is weathered through the years, it can still be beautiful.

    A matter of perception, I’d say whether we want to say it is beautiful or not.


    Well, when you’re worn out ( as in old ) you will still be my dearest pal.

    Have a great weekday ahead!

    Thanks, Kyels. You will be mine too. 🙂

  3. Wabido Says:

    Ah yes, that’s why my other Japanese name is Wabido! 🙂
    Cause I’m so old … but I still have some value … mainly as a cracked tea pot, you might see the Japanese point at me and say, ‘Look, there’s the old crack pot now’ 😉

    Hehe.. Thanks, Wabido. 😛

  4. or don’t judge a book by its cover ;p

    What’s wrong with wordpress? I couldn’t leave comment to all wordpress ;p. Ok, let’s try now…

  5. PrEtTY iN tHE CiTY Says:

    Hi jem… wonderful post

    or don’t judge a book by its cover ;p

    What’s wrong with wordpress? I couldn’t leave comment to all wordpress ;p. Ok, let’s try now…

    You’re very welcome, M. 🙂
    Glad you like it.

  6. alison Says:

    everything is beautiful in the eyes of god, if only we can find our way back, looking as god does, that all is whole, perfect and complete.

    If only… 😉

    Thanks, Alison. 🙂

  7. waz Says:

    wrinkles -> wisdom, experience, knowledge!
    is that what you mean?

    “It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer.”


    Cicero. 😀

    That’s a good way of looking at it, Waz. 😉

  8. doc Says:

    old is gold.

    that’s why….

    …my microwave is 12 yrs old..
    …TV is 10 yrs old…
    ….car is 6 yrs old…
    …..handphone is 4 yrs old (!!!)…

    and, i only listen to liteFM.

    Doc, I am sure that you’ve a heart of gold. 🙂

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