There are days when I find myself wondering why I was so irrational. Why I flipped someone the bird in traffic (That Sentra cut me off! He knows what he did!). Why I cursed under my breath at someone’s asinine remark. Why I’m so self-centered at times. Why I didn’t offer to help someone in need. Why I’m so quick to point out the speck in someone else’s eye before I acknowledge the plank inside of mine. I think, “I am THE absolute worst.” But then I remember, I am but I’m also pretty awesome. This Wednesday Word No. 76, spoken by memoirist Augusten Burroughs (“Running With Scissors”) and presented via Quotesgram, reminds me to cut myself a little slack when it comes to judging myself. The full quote, which comes from the author’s book “Magical Thinking,” reads: “I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” I realize that I’m not perfect — no one is. But there’s something about finding beauty inside the mess, to paraphrase rapper Andy Mineo. Own your shortcomings, find ways to do better each day and note that that thing, misstep, flaw, what have you is only one part of a grander, magnificent tapestry of your life. And the more we see that for ourselves, we can find that in others.
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