What is Shibumi?
Posted by Plish on October 22, 2010
“Rise above it!”
We’ve all heard the phrase. When circumstances around us threaten to destabilize our world at work or at home, we are told that we can “Rise above it!” – Transcend the problems as it were.
But, as we find ourselves being churned and spun by the waves of the world, pulling ourselves out of the swirling waters and rising above requires some serious energy expenditures. In fact, there are times that we may even wonder if the effort is worth it.
That doesn’t mean that we need to let ourselves be swamped, though. We have another choice:
We can live in the waves
Experience the beauty of the swirls
Catch glimpses of sun through foam
We can ask “why?”; not with anger but with curiosity
We can move in and through the water of which we are
Feeling the currents that pull, carry and caress
opportunities, movement, intention, beauty
from the wisdom of chaos…
There is no need to rise above-
In fact, the beauty and elegance of your creations would not be possible
were you not part of the waves…
“The Shibumi Strategy” is a story of one man’s struggle, growth and change, through difficult circumstances. It’s an easy read yet it’s filled with wisdom that author Matthew May distilled from his eight years of working with and for Toyota. These tidbits can be applied to solving problems and fomenting change both at work and at home.
It’s worth reading, if for no other reason than to make us think less about doing and more about being and becoming. Interestingly, when we shift our thinking in this way, we end up doing more, or more precisely, we design more beauty…
The The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change becomes available on November 16th. The ebook version is available now.