The Beauty in the Flaw

  •  “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ― Leonard Cohen

    Have you ever dreamed of owning something which in some way represented an ideal to you. Dreamed about it day and night, and worked towards one day making the dream real. Then that day comes and the dream becomes a reality, the thing which has been out of your reach is now in your hands. Your spirits soar. It’s yours, it’s perfect, but then you notice a flaw. Your spirits plummet. The reality is not as you had imagined it would be when you dreamed about it.

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    People can be very hard on themselves, especially when they are attempting to achieve a goal and have an ideal in their mind of how it should be done and what it should be when it is done.

    We may cut others slack, although not always as being hard on ourselves makes us demanding of others too. If we buy a product from a company which makes promises of fulfilling our dreams, then we expect that product to be everything we are told that it is and to do that which we are led to believe it can do. We expect unbreakable glasses to be unbreakable. We want the ideal to be real.

    We can be stern taskmasters when chasing and seeking to capture perfection.

    If we become aware of our perfectionism, then we may become hard on ourselves for being hard on ourselves, as perfectionism is in some ways considered to be a flaw.

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    So it’s an inspiring change of pace to come across a philosophy which sees perfection in flaws, and which can turn a broken vase into a work of art that not only has a visible beauty to it but also an invisible one.


    Recently while searching for a possible gift idea, I came across a variation on the wabi-sabi theme which creatively focuses on the beauty within flaws. The Oroko ring by Noam Bar Yochai.


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    A flaw can be a threshold into something else. A new idea, invention, creation. The rebel who challenges perfection and inspires us to take a road less traveled, to see where it leads.

  • 2 thoughts on “The Beauty in the Flaw

    1. This is beautiful. I laughed when you saidthat perfectionists feel bad about trying to be perfect. That was me, over the years i’ve cut mysrlf some slack. I have a 7 year old niece that is very hard on herself. I always tell her that she’s perfect just the way she is, and i plan on using this blog to show her that there’s beauty even in imperfection. Thank you!


      • Thank you for sharing.

        I started out as a mess and grew into being a perfectionist (who was still a mess), and have had to grow out of some of it using humour as the exit because it became restrictive. I didn’t do certain things for fear of making a mistake and missed out on the experience of doing those things. Perfectionism is a great trait as long as it is there as a guide rather than a dictator. A flaw in perfection is at times the best part of something or someone as it can be very creatively inspiring.

        I’m still surfing the learning curve on this, and falling off regularly, which can be fun and informative.

        Cutting ourselves slack is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and others.

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