Are you a perfectionist … or perfectly imperfect?

Life Lesson #14: “Imperfect” is okay

 

They were imperfect when I bought them several years ago… A pair of antique French tambour lace curtains (circa 1900)–every stitch meticulously embroidered on fine net.

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The repairs are on the bottom half of the panels. Every time I walk through the dining room into the kitchen, I’m reminded that sometimes “imperfect” is most definitely okay!

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This green silk scarf? Yep. Imperfect… but it’s gorgeous in this tablescape.

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And the very old wool runner in this tablescape? It has a few moth holes–but who can tell?

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Perfectionism: It’s how I’m wired. That’s sometimes a curse. Working with vintage linens (and living in an old house) continually help me move away from the extremes and learn to accept and enjoy Life as it comes. I’m a work in progress. I’m imperfect.

 

I’m in good company…  Are you in it with me?

 

This is part of a 31-day series. All Life Lessons are available HERE.

Comments

  1. Oh, yes. I am so in with you. I was so in to creating perfect when I was younger, but over the years I have chilled. I still want to make things lovely for my family and friends, but I have learned to get my priorities in order.

    Susan, I love those curtains. Wow! They are a work of art!!!

  2. I am with you too.. There was a time when everything had to be perfect too, but as I am getting older, I would rather spend my time visiting and playing with my grandkids. . Good life lesson.

  3. I like “very good craftmanship” but am not at all a perfectionist. We’re human. We make things that look like a human made them. I love that.

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