I’d like to start this week’s Motivational Monday by saying it has been one hell of a weekend. I have been down for the count/death bed style/super duper sick for the past few days. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time a cold knocked me out so hard. Leaving my bed for even a quick trip to the bathroom gave me the feeling that I would expect to have right before I were about to climb Mt. Everest. Then to make matters worse, I just so happened to catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror……let’s just say it was not my best moment.
You know that moment girls, the one where you glance at yourself in the mirror and all you can see are the bags under your eyes, the convenient blemish forming on your left cheek and that extra ‘handle’ of skin that is hanging over the top of your jeans. The beauty industry (which I worked in for years) has managed to make billions on these very moments and everyone (no matter what they might say) experiences them. This got me thinking about flaws and why it is so hard to accept our own flaws and even the flaws of others.
Immediately I remembered this quote from the book Magical Thinking by my all time favorite writer, Augusten Burroughs. He says “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 think Mr. Burroughs is on to something because in reality these flaws we have are really one thing that we all have in common. Maybe, when you are struggling to get the get that last button on you pants in the morning, you can remember that yesterday, your best friend had a bad hair day. We are all essentially made up of flaws and it is indeed the good intentions within us that keep us together. Just remember that perfection is truest flaw of all.