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Appreciating Our Imperfections

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Jiva Masheder
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Teacher
We can be so hard on ourselves, expecting perfection all the time - listen to this story to see how it can be our imperfections that are most appreciated
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Hope
Imperfect
I always feel imperfect. I don’t give myself the chance to feel any other way. This story made me feel like I could water the flowers too and that was okay.
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Bryan
This stories made me grin so hard..
I've always get those voices in my head negating my being and the things I do because I may be "weird" or "annoying" when all I'm doing is bullying myself creating cracks. It keeps doors closed and never lets you escape... Either way, I am me and I may be imperfect, but I am me. That is perfect enough.
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Tammy
Imperfections story.
Great story reminding us that not all imperfections are really imperfect but, a blessing in disguise! Who among us is truly perfect anyway?
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Walter J
Revealing...
Perfectly imperfect. That’s what the pot seemed. It took the observing eye of the wise & hard working woman to see how she could use the pots imperfections to her advantage. Hopefully the cracked pot feels better about self having had this revealed. As humans we have the extra ability to grow, adapt and chose how we will do these. Thus I believe we are perfect at any given time for what we have chosen up to that point. But we are not done growing. So the Best News is WE get to choose which direction we will grow next. Choose wisely - our Life will ultimately reveal our Choices! ❤️✌🏼🍀
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Shakaya
Imperfections
You have to find beauty in your imperfections. What you think is unlovable about yourself, is what someone else might love.
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Cyndee
Look beyond the bad 💐
I love this story, they say something good always comes from something bad, you just have to learn to see it. This woman even planted flowers to enjoy in her home instead of dwelling on the problem.
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Matthew
A perfectly perfect perfectionist!
I’ve always been a perfectionist, which makes me hard on me, so I tend to be pretty down on myself pretty often. As a professional designer and sign maker, my errors are often glaring and pretty darn public! (Or at least, HIGHLY embarrassing when found AFTER the printed or assembled piece has been released to public scrutiny!) To offset these, I like to relate this story often: Native American weavers will/would typically introduce an intentional flaw into the design of their weaving, because producing a “perfect” piece would cause their very soul to be captured in the piece! It helps me cope with those typos or grammatical errors which slip past my proof reading and numerous spelling and grammar checks! It usually puts a smile on the face of my clients as well!
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Linda
Appreciating our Imperfections
As the story came to an end, I was thinking about appreciating the imperfections of others and about how sweet the woman was to the cracked pot. Then, she said we should appreciate our own imperfections and that seems lots harder to do. I guess I’m going to have to give that one lots more thought. Appreciating, not fixing. Hmmmm. One thing that comes to mind is noticing things I used to do and how I’ve gotten better as I learned more. My imperfections make it easier to understand others.
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Debb
Appreciating our Imperfections
After the intensity of the news the past few days, I found myself a bit comatose, functioning well n a very low level. This story was just what I needed! A reminder to be compassionate and understanding with myself.
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Steve
Appreciating our Imperfections
This story has caught my attention and caused me to pause and consider my own imperfections, well, those I am aware of at least. By overemphasising my failings I can drift into overly hard criticism of myself. I know that being overly hard on oneself is quite a common phenomenon. This story has encouraged me to look at the results of my actions, words, attitudes etc. before making a judgement. Often unforeseen goodness can be seen when control over a self critical mind can be exercised.
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Steve
Appreciating our Imperfections
This story has caught my attention and caused me to pause and consider my own imperfections, well, those I am aware of at least. By overemphasising my failings I can drift into overly hard criticism of myself. I know that being overly hard on oneself is quite a common phenomenon. This story has encouraged me to look at the results of my actions, words, attitudes etc. before making a judgement. Often unforeseen goodness can be seen when control over a self critical mind can be exercised.
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