The value of an antique many times lies in both its perfection as well as its imperfection. The style of a painting identifies the artist both in terms of what is included and what may be missing. Sometimes we view imperfection as having value. Other times we describe imperfection as being a weakness.
Our egos work hard to hide our imperfections with the words we choose or the clothes we wear. Our smiles many times are masks, much like those worn at Halloween, that try to convey to someone something that is different than what we feel or who we are.
Love. One of the most misunderstood words in our language. At its core, is the acceptance of imperfection in each of us. There is a consistency in a genuine love that insists that our imperfections are not important. It insists that there is much more of us that is important. It humbly asks you to share who you “really” are without fear or judgment.
Easy to say. Hard to do. Why is that? Do we fear being judged or do we fear finding out that we are not as perfect as those on TV or in a movie? Why is it we find it hard to open up and share with others authentically who we are (imperfections and all)?
It’s fascinating to think that we all are in some ways scared of each other. (Yet we are more the same than you think!) The power of this fear is great for I find many times that people do hide. They don’t easily share what they are “really” thinking. or how they “really” feel. I find it happens most in conversations. Sadly, even in friendships.
To be more authentic in your life
you need to embrace and accept imperfection.
Both yours and mine.
We need to be more open in our lives with others as to who we are and what we value. It’s ok to be different. Try to allow your understanding, respect, and acceptance of imperfection to embrace another person in a positive way.
There is much more to us than our imperfections. So “much more” of us is so good. Share most everything with others openly (imperfections and all), in an authentic way, and see how intimate and engaging your life can become when you do.