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  1. Cathie

    What shifts when you accept and come to appreciate your imperfections is the self-nitpicking.
    No longer do you perseverate on what is imperfect but begin to appreciate yourself more. There is now a different mental energy in yourself, a more peaceful and positive energy.

    2 years ago
  2. devy

    My own self love.

    2 years ago
  3. Robin Ann

    I think as I get older my imperfections do not bother me so much anymore. Everyone is unique in their own way. We are all God’s children and need to live and learn from our mistakes and try to be
    better human beings

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    Wabi Sabi guides much of my creative work. The idea behind it is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It is often described as one of appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature.

    2 years ago
  5. M
    Magdalena

    Overthinking

    2 years ago
  6. Carol

    What might shift if I could cultivate greater appreciation for my imperfections?

    I share a quote and my meditation on that quote to answer this question:

    “There isn’t a problem that needs to be fixed. You’re perfect as you are right now—including all the self-judgments, fears, desires, and perceived problems you are experiencing in this moment…True healing always involves turning toward the present moment and accepting yourself is required to accept “what is.” Jeff Foster

    When at a very young age, you are given the message that you have to be perfect or God will not love you, life becomes very difficult. That was the perspective I wrestled with well into my 50s because my perspective of self was colored by fear of failure. This led to anxiety in all situations so being appreciative and accepting my imperfections was not even an option. It took years of counseling and the wisdom of many mentors. Some were physically part of my life and some I only met in their writings, but thankfully, they all took residence in my head and helped me know the difference between worthiness and worth. Once I was convinced that I was of worth, the God of my understanding began to grow. S/HE was no longer a disciplinarian whose job was to find fault with every thing I attempted to do. S/HE became a rock I could lean on.

    And over the years S/HE has evolved even more. These days, I am quite fond of the image of God as “The Lord of Life.” For me, S/HE is the one whose grace flows through creation and wants to flow in and through me and you. I have found that Life with a capital L is trustworthy when I can accept that “What is IS” and I have a lot to do with that fact.

    It’s my current understanding that this Lord of Life has given all of creation “free will” and S/HE does not mess with it. When I pray now, I do not ask for something specific. I pray for wisdom about what ever is troubling me. From this process, I have realized that the gift of free will means my choices matter. I don’t have to die to experience heaven or hell because as part of creation, my species has free will we can muster that heaven or hell up ourselves.

    I am in the Winter of my Life now and I’m experiencing the loss of some of my physical and mental capabilities. My first reaction to this was frustration and even anger. I thought of these changes as imperfections/liabilities until I realized that even they can ignite courage, compassion and connection in me. They can enhance my ability to love. “Greater appreciation” requires acceptance and in my experience, acceptance releases a lot of positive and life-giving energy. An energy that I use to waste on fretting!
    I don’t know that I agree with Jeff Foster about being “perfect as I am right now” but I am content and willing to let go and let myself BE. The character of Colonel Potter in a TV episode of MASH sums it up for me, “If you ain’t where you’re at, you’re nowhere.” Granted sometimes that old fear rears its head, but I identify it, name it, and let it go. That’s a big shift for me.

    2 years ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      Carol, I was raised for the first seven years in parochial school. I get the “need to be perfect” or your hell bound. At the least a good dose of purgatory. It took me a lot of reading about religions, the history of religions and time to find my peace from my early religious teaching by the Sisters of Notre Dame.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Joseph, The nuns really drilled the life-limiting message in and I hope before they passed from this world, someone or something helped them to question the man made dogma that convinced them that they were teaching the word of God. That said, there intentions were most likely well meant.

        2 years ago
    2. Laura

      Thank you for the depth and candor in your post today, Carol.

      2 years ago
    3. Anna

      Thank you again, Carol.
      I identify with you.

      2 years ago
  7. Linda

    I struggle with envy of other people’s good fortune. I myself have been blessed so I don’t understand the origin of this trait. It is as if their good fortune takes away from mine–now how silly is that??

    2 years ago
    1. Anna

      Sometimes I feel the same, dear Linda.
      Maybe a reason is hidden somewhere in our soul. But if we already have a lot of worries and loads to bear, let us slow down and think we are in the same boat. Human sharing mitigates our troubles.🌸

      2 years ago
      1. Linda

        Thank you for this perspective, Anna. It helps.

        2 years ago
  8. C
    Cyril

    When I acknowledge the imperfections in myself………….. I then find it easier to accept them in others……without making any judgement!

    2 years ago
  9. Charlie T

    I have accepted my imperfections, but I have never attempted appreciating them. If I can appreciate my imperfections, I might be more accepting of all of myself. And if I’m more accepting of myself, maybe I’ll be more accepting and less judgmental of others, and if I’m less judgmental of others, maybe I can live with more equanimity.

    2 years ago
  10. c
    carol

    I would stop expecting perfection in anything. This change in perception would expand my ability to appreciate the moment and ll that is in that moment. And confirm that perfection is only an idea, impermanent .

    2 years ago
  11. Marnie Jackson

    I might be able to accept all of me in an understanding and compassionate way.

    2 years ago
  12. Racel W.

    This answer just popped in my mind…what wouldn’t! My entire world, everyone and everything i come in contact with..

    I try to remember and move with the knowledge my imperfections are my uniqueness mark. They are the things that make me stand out and also relate to others.

    I didnt appreciate a lot about myself much of my earlier life and adulthood. I can truly say remembering my imperfections are indeed beautiful helps me everyday. I cane be my worst critic.

    2 years ago
  13. Michele

    Attitude. Imperfections make us unique, we need to embrace them. It is heart warming when I see that happen and also inspiring.

    2 years ago
  14. Rabbit

    Thinking of this question in a totally different way, perhaps our imperfections help us know we need each other. What I can’t do someone else can and what I can do might be able to help someone else.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Echoing Michele – thanks Rabbit – what a great thought 🙂

      2 years ago
    2. Michele

      love this, great way to look at it:)

      2 years ago
  15. Carla

    My first reaction reading this, was “What, I need to change More?” Then smiled, knowing the Creator isn’t done molding and shaping me yet. I am beautifully made in the Creator’s eyes.

    2 years ago
  16. Laura

    Imperfections are just as much a part of me as my strengths, and they deserve appreciation. Easier said than done!
    But with greater appreciation would come increased self-acceptance. With greater acceptance of my own imperfections, I will be more open to accepting the imperfections of others.

    I read this from Jack Kornfield this morning:
    “Forget the tyranny of perfection. The point is not to perfect yourself. It is to perfect your love. Let your imperfections be an invitation to care.”

    2 years ago
  17. Javier Visionquest

    My darlings, nothing beautiful is ever perfect

    2 years ago
  18. Avril

    I think there are three ways I can shift. First, I can eliminate the notion of perfection. Secondly, as a teaching yogic meditation, I can look at these seeming ly imperfections as opportunities to learn and develop. Lastly, most of the time I see these imperfections and others as well. Since they are mirrors it’s an opportunity to elicit compassion for myself and them.

    2 years ago
  19. Joseph McCann

    With acceptance and non-judgement of my imperfections gratitude and peacefulness come much more often.

    2 years ago
  20. Mary Pat

    I think my insomnia would be less prevalent in my life, which would be a very good thing! I look on the insomnia as an imperfection I guess, although I didn’t realize that until just now.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      Mary Pat, to me, insomnia is a symptom, not an imperfection. I do not wish to invalidate your feelings, but just putting my 2 cents in. I suffer from it too:)

      2 years ago
    2. Rabbit

      Thank you for this thought. In my case, I think worry is the imperfection causing the sleeplessness. Sleep well tonight.

      2 years ago
    3. Avril

      That’s very insightful

      2 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    When I accept who I am and how I was created, imperfections and all, I have peace of mind and the freedom to live and enjoy life. It’s a much better way of living, I’ve come to find 🙂

    2 years ago
  22. Kevin

    Me and my imperfections get along just fine! In a way, they define my character as a person. If want to see perfection, I visit nature, or an art museum.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      When I was struggling with the two sides not matching, on a quit that I was making, my neighbor who was an artist told me, “Nature isn’t symmetric.” I finished the quilt and often find comfort in her wisdom in many areas.

      2 years ago
  23. S
    Sam

    i feel like if i start to be more appreciative towards my insecurities i will be more confident

    2 years ago

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