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Who Says We Have To Be Perfect To Be Loved ?

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Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
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The most beautiful thing someone ever said to me is..." I love you just the way you are"

Do you feel like you have to be perfect to be accepted? That if you can not always be the winner , you will be rejected and be a loser? Where does this thinking come from? This could be a very important question to ask yourself. Who in your life has imposed these expectations on you? How very stressful and hard it must be to have to try to live a "perfect" life. To me, friendship and love come with imperfections. I wish you perfect imperfection my friends.

"Our vulnerabilities and flaws--and not our successes and strengths--ultimately make us lovable and human. People can be admired or resented--but never loved--for their successes and and achievements.... Our 'brokenness' is essential to being human. Our failures and moments of despair can sometimes be our greatest opportunities for growth, for intimacy, for spiritual awareness, and for self-acceptance."

Let me reiterate what Paul says in the Second Corinthians, after he begs God to remove the thorn in his flesh, that "strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). As inconvenient and bothersome as it is, our brokenness actually provides the path to beauty and strength.

Understand the nature of mistakes. They're something we learn from—more than from our successes. Look upon failure as information, not a fixed or frozen outcome. It's a signal to try something else—another chance to learn.

"Anthem" Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in

Copyright © 2012 Barbara MacDonald



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6 comments on Who Says We Have To Be Perfect To Be Loved ?

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By riginal on March 30, 2015 at 01:38 am

you is good girl. And so disarming with your poetic ability to deftly crack open the kernel of truth with your heartfelt honest reflections that always resonate. Not aqquired learning. A gift you were born with.Nuture it. I know you will. :>)

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By riginal on March 30, 2015 at 05:03 am

ter you are one of the people why 'genuine' writers have left in droves. What on earth has your 'flog' got to do with poetry or for that matter anything discernable with any sort of reasoning but to annoy people? Thanks for the laugh.

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

Thanks Riginal, you are always so giving in your comments, think your heart is speaking too my friend...and Mr. or Mrs flogger, please take your business elsewhere...surely I am not intereted in this rhetoric nonesense.

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By riginal on March 30, 2015 at 11:52 am

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 30, 2015 at 04:46 pm

*interested ...

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