Simone Van hove-van der Gaag, a reader of my articles from Netherlands sent a poem card to me, the other day. The meaning is so refreshing that I was compelled to elaborate. It is about loving everything imperfect.
The poem – (Dutch)
Translated to English-
The power of the heart
Who is able to do so…
Will see pure beauty
Within the world around us
And in everything that surrounds us
…And is able to live from the heart
To do whatever he does: with love…
Loving the imperfect –
Swami Vivekananda, the great Hindu monk of India says,
“You must give your body, mind and speech to the welfare of the world. You have read – ‘Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava:- Look upon your mother as God, look upon your father as God’,
But I say, ‘Daridra Devo Bhava, Murkha Devo Bhava:- the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted-let these be your God’. Know that service to these alone is highest religion.”
Loving ourselves –
We all know that each one of us has some imperfections. “My looks are not good, my hairs are not silky enough, the way I speak does not impress anyone, If only I was taller by five inches..,”
In movies, a healthy, beautiful and natural looking heroine is far better to see than a perfect figured heroine with lots of make up. Same thing applies even to heroes.
But we must love our strength and we have to develop confidence. We have to understand first that everyone is imperfect in one or the other way. We have to accept our imperfectness and concentrate on our strengths.
When I asked Simone, if I can share this in my blog, she wrote back –
“Art is to share… – years I hold everything I made just for myself- shy and insecure as I was.. as I found out..that
art is meant to be shared… – and suddenly the things I make, share or give away are much more beautiful.. “
So, let us love our imperfections, let us love others’ imperfections and consider all as one among ourselves, let us concentrate more on our strengths and let us excel in our chosen fields of work and life. Cheers!