A few weeks ago when we took our painting class, the instructor assured us that our paintings would look better from afar. Sure enough, when you’re looking at it from across the room it looks great, but when you examine the painting up close, there are obvious imperfections.
For example, looking at me from afar, you may see:
- A homeschooler with lots of patience.
- A gardener.
- A homemaker who is on top of things.
- Someone who makes healthy choices.
- Someone who has it “all together”.
I may LOOK like I’ve got it all together, but when you get in closer you’ll find:
- Weeds in the garden.
- Dirty dishes in the sink.
- A package of Little Debbie snacks hidden in a secret spot in the cabinet.
- Dust. Lots of it. (When I dust, I end up sneezing for the rest of the day, so I avoid that job.)
- Someone who yells at my kids too often.
- Someone who grumbles when my husband tells me it’s time to wake up and go for a family walk through the neighborhood.
- Someone who struggles with fear and insecurities.
I cannot tell you how many times I have felt like someone has it all together, only to get to know them and find that they have insecurities that I would never have dreamed they struggled with! Ones I think are totally unfounded!
So, what’s the point of all this? Well, it’s two-fold.
1. Everyone has issues and imperfections when you get to know them “up close.” I don’t know about you, but I like people better this way. The other day, I had some things to drop off at a friend’s house. She warned me that her house was a mess. Um, Hello? When you have 5 kids and one of them is 4 weeks old, I EXPECT for you to have a messy house. If you didn’t, I would be completely intimidated by your perfections.
2. You are still beautiful. I’m still happy with my painting. Even with it’s imperfections, it does look good from across the room. If you’re the imperfect painting, which we ALL are, don’t beat yourself up. We are all in this crazy ride of life together, just trying to make it through. And I’m preaching to myself too, when I say… Accept yourself with imperfections and know you’re still beautiful, and you’re doing the best you can.
Imperfect and Beautiful,