Can We See The Beauty in Imperfection?

cup0“Imperfections” are all around, and they include: messes, dirty clothes, weeds, snarled traffic, rain during a picnic, stains on the carpet; injury, illness, disability, pain; problems, issues, obstructions, losses – including with others; objects that are chipped, frayed, broken; mistakes, errors; confusion, lack of clarity; war, famine, poverty, oppression, injustice.

In a nutshell, an imperfection – as I mean it here – is a departure from an ideal or standard. These departures-from-ideal have costs, and it’s reasonable to do what you can about them.

But we usually don’t leave it at that: we get anxious – uneasy, nervous, troubled, stressed – about imperfection itself, rather than recognizing it as a normal, unavoidable, and widespread aspect of life.

Let the broken cup be a broken cup without adding judgment, resistance, blaming, or worry to it.

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