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Nothing in life is perfect...
You Are Made Entirely Of Flaws And That's What Makes You Beautiful. Your 'flaws' are simply part of you, they make you unique and they make you beautiful. Don't ever allow someone the power to make you feel weak because they might not like one of your qualities.
The Japanese repair broken ceramic with a strong adhesive and gold dust, which highlights the imperfection instead of trying to hide it. They believe that when something is damaged or broken, it has a story to tell, which makes it more beautiful.
Flaws connect us to others and allow for empathy and compassion. It's undeniably true that all human beings are flawed. Nobody is perfect. ... The fact that we have them means we can feel compassion for others who are similar to us, and offer empathy to those who need it.
Here’s a Teaching Story of ‘The Water Bearer’.
A key task of coaching is learning to love ourselves so that we are available to love others and receive love. In the teaching story below, the water bearer learns how love can turn flaws into gifts through acceptance. A water bearer in India had two large pots, which hung on each end of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and one half pots of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor, cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wildflowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.” Each one of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, our flaws will be used to grace our own and others’ tables. In the connected world we live in, nothing goes to waste. We need not be afraid of our imperfections and our flaws. If we acknowledge them, we too can be the cause of beauty. In our weakness we find our strength.