Let me begin by saying that, as a perfectionist, embracing my imperfection will be a challenge. I have read so many self-improvement books and made many attempts to change things about me which I don’t like. I understand that I can’t be perfect but I still beat myself up for my shortcomings.
Today, I ran across something I have never heard of. As I was thinking about a topic for tonight, I discovered the concept of wabi-sabi, which is sometimes called it the “wisdom of imperfection” as well as the “beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Some examples from nature could include a full-moon that is partially hidden by clouds, or an impeccable garden with a random scattering of leaves. Asymmetric objects are also considered examples of wabi-sabi. Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem” contains the lyric “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” The imperfection in all things is how beauty can be seen.
What a concept for humans like me! Rather than strive for the impossible and cause myself anger and stress, I should embrace my imperfections and allow the beauty to come through. I should forgive myself and accept myself as I am. I should love myself, flaws and all.