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Coaches Corner: There is beauty in imperfections

“Where there is imperfection, there is an abundance of beauty.” I am not sure who the author is, but I love this quote and have it on the wall in our basement, and while watching a show, I will occasionally glance at it and begin to reflect on its meaning. People will ask me how I choose a topic for my articles; I tell them I reflect on my surroundings, stories, situations, and anything that may inspire me to write each week. I trust that the word that keeps showing up will be the word I expound on, and the topic may spark a conversation or resonate with a person’s heart.

This week, the word that resonated with me was “imperfection.” We live in a world that constantly bombards us with images of perfection - perfect bodies, homes, relationships, and lives. We are led to believe that perfection is the ultimate goal and that anything less than perfect is not good enough.

Imperfection allows us to connect with others deeper because it reminds us that we are all flawed, and that’s okay. But the truth is, imperfection is what makes us human. It is what gives our lives character, depth, and meaning. The beauty in imperfection lies in its ability to teach and transform us. When we embrace our weaknesses, we learn to accept ourselves as we are, leading to a more fulfilling life. We begin to see the beauty in the little things and appreciate them much more.

In a world that glorifies perfection, let us not forget that imperfection makes life interesting and beautiful. It reminds us that we are all on a journey of growth and self-discovery. Embrace your flaws, for they are what make you uniquely you.

On my last trip, I had the opportunity to spend some one on one time with another Flight Attendant. This person radiates beauty from the inside out. She has a pure heart of gold and treats others with the utmost respect and kindness. It blesses my heart when I see her name on my crew list, as I know the trip will be amazing. During dinner, we shared our stories and our imperfections and had a connection of similarities. Even though our upbringings were vastly different, there was a deep appreciation and compassion for each other as we shared our vulnerabilities.

It is truly amazing how some people come into your life to teach you something. We need each other; we can learn so much from other human beings if we take the time to genuinely connect with others.

God sees beyond your mistakes and sees the potential of who you can become. He created you in His image and knows you better than anyone else. He sees your struggles and your progress, and He loves you unconditionally.

No matter what society says about you or how you feel about yourself, God declares you as perfect. His love for you is not based on your outward appearance, your home, your relationships, or your achievements but on your inner being. He sees the beauty in your heart and the good that you do, and He celebrates you daily.

So, don’t be discouraged by your imperfections or shortcomings. Instead, embrace them as a reminder that you are human and God’s grace is always available to you. You are not defined by your flaws but by God’s love for you. Trust in Him, seek His guidance, and He will help you overcome any obstacles you may encounter.

This is a reminder that imperfections are not only normal but also necessary. Imperfections are just like each changing season. So, let this season remind you of the beauty of imperfection and to be grateful for the simple things in life, appreciate the people you love, practice mindfulness, and find the good in every situation. It is time to let go of the need for perfection and embrace the beauty of imperfections.

Remember, we are all perfectly imperfect in our own ways, and that is what makes us special. Let us celebrate our unique qualities and continue to grow and learn from each other, just like the changing seasons.

Maybe it’s time to let your life perfections wither away and surround yourself with the beauty of imperfections. Accept yourself regardless of your faults and flaws and recognize your own worth and value. Remember, you are perfect in the eyes of your creator, and that’s all that matters.

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