Daruma dolls are constant reminders of the what the Japanese call the ganbaru spirit. Life is full of pitfalls and bumps on the road. It’s inevitable that you’ll stumble sometimes.
But it’s up to you to get back up. It’s in your own power and will to keep moving. The doll embodies this popular Japanese proverb: Nanakorobi yaoki. "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." So it’s always about the work. No matter how tired, despite the circumstances, or even lack of rewards or motivation, the ganbaru spirit treads forward. Because clarity is truly realized and appreciated when the person who made the wish transforms into the person who completed the dream.
That’s why Daruma dolls have such determined expressions. They never give up. They are built to automatically bounce back when knocked over.
They are a metaphor of grit and endurance.
Daruma doll represents three things: your goal, your action, and the outcome. While it heavily depends on luck and good spirits, the modern Daruma also asks that you take action and be proactive in working towards your dream and achievement. In short, each Daruma doll is a piece of you. And it’s up to you to be the one to opens both eyes.