Is the desire for wealth beyond money synonymous with living a perfect life? Or is there more to the cracks of imperfection that make up our lives?
The question of how to unlock wealth beyond money is the kind that people spend their entire lives trying to answer. It often takes a lifetime because true wealth can be understood as something related somehow to happiness, which is quite a complex notion.
If some people think about happiness as their vision of a perfect life, where they would have all the goods that they cannot currently access, some others think of it as imperfection, in the middle of perfection.
In the book Wabi Sabi – finding happiness beyond imperfection, Christopher A. Weidner explains how little imperfections actually make things special, and how they lead people to a deeper enjoyment of the present moment in a way that leads them to happiness. This Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi (from the XIIth century!) actually goes in the opposite direction to perfectionism and appears (almost) as a stress reliever.
Perhaps the imperfection of your wooden dining table might be what makes it so hearty and pleasant. It could be the reason why you like it so much as it reminds you of its past, and shows you where you are now, in the present.
In movies, it is often when the main character gets separated from the person they unconsciously love. That’s usually when they realize that what they missed about their beloved were the little imperfections. This often leads to a romantic reunion at the boarding gate of the airport right before take-off! In many ways, imperfection is easier than perfection and ends up healthier too.