Wabi Sabi: Embracing Imperfection with Michelle Cox [Podcast]

In traditional Japanese philosophy, wabi sabi (侘寂) is a world view that sees beauty in imperfection. A concept that as we muddle through remote working and home schooling during COVID-19 restrictions, I have seen an increased number of people embrace. Business meetings from home via Zoom have increased our empathy for life’s imperfections, as we navigate interruptions from dogs, children and technology issues. My guest this week has been guided by this philosophy for a number of years.

Michelle Cox describes herself as a “reluctant author” even though she has just written and launched three books in her Wabi Sabi Series. Michelle is passionate about embracing the unconventional and challenging the status quo. Her personal journey has been full of challenges, from cancer to considerable loss. But these ‘imperfections’ in life are what make her human and motivated her to release her book series.

In episode 192 of Be The Drop, recorded LIVE from Pause Fest, Michelle talks about the concept of wabi sabi – embracing imperfection and how the book series came to fruition. She also shares her thoughts on the power of simplicity in communication.

Wabi Sabi Series by Michelle Cox on Be The Drop Podcast

“I actually hated writing. But the way I got around it was remembering I was a storyteller.”

In this episode on The Wabi Sabi Series, you will learn:

  • Michelle’s journey from hating writing to author of three books: The Wabi Sabi Series
  • The role Michelle is now playing encouraging people to live unconventional lives
  • How there’s a tendency in society to forget the fact that we’re more than our parental status
  • The meaning of Wabi Sabi: the Japanese concept of embracing perfection
  • What Michelle is doing personally to embrace her own imperfection
  • What Michelle is doing in order to promote and support the launch of her books
  • About the idea of identity loss that can come as a result of losing your parents

“We talk a lot about failing in the startup world. But we don’t embrace that so much in life. I’d love wabi sabi to be a movement.

Michelle Cox on Be The Drop Podcast


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