Antiques have a unique value that lies in both their perfection and imperfection. A painting’s style identifies the artist by what is included and what may be missing. Imperfection can be viewed as having value or being a weakness.
I have often written about imperfection in relation to our flaws and how our egos try to hide them. Our smiles can be like masks that convey something different than what we feel or who we are. Genuine love, on the other hand, accepts imperfection in each of us and insists that our imperfections are not important. It asks us to share who we really are without fear or judgment.
While it’s easy to say that we should embrace imperfection and be authentic, it’s often hard to do. Why is that? Is it because we fear being judged or because we fear not measuring up to societal standards? We often hide our imperfections and struggle to open up and share authentically with others.
It’s fascinating to think that we’re all scared of each other in some ways, despite being more similar than we realize. This fear often leads us to hide our true selves and not share our thoughts and feelings with others. To be more authentic in life, we need to embrace and accept imperfection, both in ourselves and others.
Social media platforms like Facebook have become a space where people put up pictures or say things they would never say in person, especially teenagers. This is because they feel removed from direct conversation. We need to be more open in our lives with others about who we are, where we stand, and what we value. Like a piano and its notes, it’s okay to be different. We should allow our understanding, respect, and acceptance of imperfection to embrace others positively.
We are much more than our imperfections. There’s so much good in us that we should share with others openly. Doing so can make our lives more intimate and engaging.