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Embrace Your Imperfection

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on June 5, 2010

Do you find yourself consistently putting yourself down, comparing yourself to others, or filling your head with negative self talk?

Imagine how your life would change if you looked at yourself on a deeper level; and instead of seeing yourself as not good enough, you saw yourself as the beautiful imperfect person that you are.

There is a Japanese term that I have been reading about recently called Wabi Sabi.

Wabi sabi is a term that describes the beauty to be found in imperfection. It originates in Japan, where artists will often leave subtle fractures in the glaze of a vase or a rough surface on a bowl as a reminder of the wabi-sabi nature of life. Wabi sabi recognizes that all of life is in a constant state of change and that decay is as much a part of life as growth.

This philosophy finds beauty in aging, both in things and in people. It encourages us to be content with what we have, rather than to always strive for more. Many of us live in a state of constant dissatisfaction and unhappiness with the way things are right now.

Wabi Sabi is not an excuse to be lazy or sloppy. To me it means to always strive for improvement while accepting the “imperfectness” of who we are.

“We may fall, but it’s how we pick ourselves up that shows our true grace” – Coach Kim

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