The Gift of Imperfection

I couldn’t have said it better.

Therese J. Borchard

commons.wikimediaorg The lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem” go like this:

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

Whenever I feel cracked and broken, which is often these days, I go back to those four sentences. They say that imperfection can be a very good thing. Or that failure is really not so bad.

“We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world,” wrote Helen Keller. Consider Oprah. She began her career about 40 miles from my home as an anchorwoman for the Baltimore news. She was demoted because she became too emotional when interviewing people. She would cry on camera. So the station gave Oprah her own talk show. To get rid of her. And she did pretty well with it.

I relish these kinds of…

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