Beautiful imperfections.

Why do we relentlessly pursue perfection?

Why do we have to be best?

Why aren’t we happy to have texture in our lives?

Without imperfections, we would never know true perfection when we see it. Without imperfections, we would all be exactly the same. Without imperfections, there would be nothing to search for and nothing to find. Without imperfections, nothing would be beautiful.

“Perfectionism is slow death.” — Hugh Prather

“Nothing that is complete breathes.” — Antonio Porchia

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” — Confucius

“Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” — William Shakespeare

“He that would have a perfect brother must resign himself to remain brotherless.” — Italian proverb


2 thoughts on “Beautiful imperfections.

  1. I love what you said about imperfections adding texture to our lives, Noelle (and I’m a perfectionist, so that’s not something easy for me to admit). What would there be left?

    I don’t want to undermine anything you said, but about imperfection being necessary to beauty … Isn’t God the epitome of both perfection and beauty?

    • Well said, Tim. You’re absolutely right. When I wrote it, I was considering visual and personal –earthly– types of beauty. But I should add that any beautiful thing we have here on earth is imperfect BECAUSE it is simply a reflection of Someone who is ALL beauty and goodness. Thanks for sharing your insight!

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