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Wednesday’s Whim: Imperfection

Earlier this summer, I got my hands on a book by Brené Brown called  “Daring Greatly.”   I referenced it in an earlier post after Counselor Training, but a recent Facebook picture from her site has it in the forefront of my mind again.

Sidenote:  it’s a bit ridiculous and entertaining to me that words like “Facebook” and “post” are common vernacular.  But I digress …

Earlier this week, Brown (or someone who works for her) posted this picture:

brown imperfectShe calls this the “Imperfection Pledge.”  This message is always a healthy reminder for me – a self-admitted perfectionist.  Some days I’m able to say that I’m enough and, frankly, some days and weeks I just can’t believe it to be true.  I’m guessing some of you can relate!

We live in a world where the produce in the grocery store needs to be “perfect” or it is discarded: round, blemish-free, BIG.  “Good” gardens and farms are in perfect, straight rows with no weeds in sight.  And in many schools, “perfect” looks a particular way: high grades, no disruptions in class.  I’m sure you can add a few examples as well!

But the reality is that “good” and “enough” are often imperfect.  Or at least this is true based on how I understand “good”!

“Good” produce is imperfect, grown sustainably and organically, with both the plant and the eco-system that supports its growth in mind.  It tastes better and is good for the whole, not just a part.  Apples have spots, carrots can split and twist, and eggs are a variety of sizes and colors.  Gardens have variety between and among the rows.

So back to Brene Brown’s “Imperfection Pledge.”  If you’re like me, that’s a tough one.  But, like gardens and forests, critters and students, it is in our imperfection that real goodness and beauty can be found.


Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!


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