“A diamod with flaws is worth more than a pebble with our imperfections” -Chinese Proverb
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up – let’s finish what we started
Dig them up – so nothing’s left unturned”
-“Flaws” by Bastille
“Everyone has parts they don’t love about themselves, but I think that as a [person] it’s much more healthier and positive to focus on the things you like about yourself, not pick yourself apart” -Miranda Kerr
“Any swagger is just defense. When you’re reminded so much of who you are by people – not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up – you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance.” -Peter Dinklage
Just the other day, I was eating a fresh honey crisp apple. It was amazing! This apple had satisfying crunch, full flavor, and awesome juiciness. One of the best apples I had in awhile. I was just as amazed to see its appearance on the inside. Much to my surprise, a good portion the fleshy inside of the apple had brown spots! At first, I thought the apple was rotten! But, I quickly dismissed the thought since it tasted and felt so good. Sufficed to say, despite the unseemly brown patches, I finished the apple with glee.
In my own normal fashion, I connected this experience to a life lesson. I started to think how on the outside, we are all beautiful and unique human beings. We come in all different shapes and sizes. We are wonderful in our own way. Yet, as time goes on, we accumulate “rotten spots.” Bad events happen to everyone. And, I mean EVERYONE! We all accumulate fears, regrets, weaknesses, and even negative beliefs about ourselves. On the inside, we are all a tiny bit rotten.
At the same time, these “rotten spots” make up who we are. Yes, we have lost. We have been hurt. We have screwed up. Nonetheless, we are still here! We still stand! They shape and form how we think, be, and do. What’s most important is to move past our flaws and failings. If we dwell on the negative parts of ourselves and our lives, we will become truly rotten to the core. Some people use these “spots” as excuses to never try. They hide behind their flaws in order to never move out of their comfort zone or let their own light to shine. However, embracing our flaws can be a liberating feeling. Owning them and sharing stories can help others understand you and can inspire them to do the same. Therefore, love who you are as a whole, good and bad parts of yourself. Here is how you can love your “rotten spots:”
-focus on your strengths. They far outweigh any weaknesses you may have.