Have you been on social media lately?
Stopped by Facebook?
Took a selfie for Instagram?
Tweeted or shared or emojied or scrolled or liked?
And just between us? It’s a little overwhelming.
Everyone’s wearing the perfect outfit with the perfect wide-brimmed straw hat—standing on a beach with their hair blowing in the wind–holding a latte and snacking on broccoli. I think I liked a picture of someone weaving linen for their beach house windows and I’m pretty sure I left a heart emoji for someone growing their own grain for fresh herb bread for a picnic on a rock at sunset.
I can’t even.
Now don’t get me wrong.
I love weaving my own linen as much as the next person.
I love wheat and beaches and picnics and hair blowing and fresh herb bread as much as the next person.
I mean—I’m the one in the grocery line reading about the top 10 ways to live healthier and happier in the next five minutes.
I get it.
Who am I to question anyone’s hat fashion choices?
But just for a moment—I want to shift the paradigm.
Self—I’m looking at you.
Instead of focusing on other’s perfection.
Before we feel smaller when we scroll through all that beautiful.
Before we feel less than when we look at ourselves through the lens of social media.
Before we decide we’re not speaking ice cream anymore and start spending hours deep conditioning our hair and add another skin care product our regime or search forever for the perfect purse to match our flip flops….
…can we just stop for one moment?
And remember how amazing we are?
Sometimes we are in such a rush to make ourselves better or wish we were walking in someone else’s shoes that we don’t even recognize the amazing that is right under our nose.
You know when you were younger and your mom wanted to take your picture and then she did and you looked at it and you didn’t like it because you didn’t look like a supermodel and your hair was flat and your shoes didn’t match your dress and you told your mom that you never, ever, ever, ever…
…wanted to see that picture again?
One day, years later you found the photo and you realized you were so thin and beautiful and your hair was super cute and the shoes were perfect…
…and you looked amazing.
But you missed it.
Because you were too busy looking for what you thought needed to be fixed.
So can we pause?
Just for today.
We can all go back to trying to be perfect tomorrow.
Today we are going to remember all the things that make us amazing.
Today we are CELEBRATING US.
Today we are taking the imperfect and recognizing how beautiful it truly is.
So put down your coffee tell yourself in the mirror or tell your friend or your mother or cousin or aunt or the check-out lady at the grocery store what a great organizer, mother, crafter, singer, diyer, daughter, brother, baker, sister, painter, wife, dancer, roller skater, hula-hooper, world-traveler, talker, listener, chef, movie-watcher…
….that you are.
We got this.
Here’s to the amazing that we almost missed….
….right under our nose. 🙂
PS Even mantels need a little imperfection, too.
Here’s the finished mantel.
See the imperfect? See the rough edges? See the layers of stain?
Imperfection never looked so beautiful.
Thank you for all your opinions.
PPS I’d show you the entire mantel finished—but I have to save it for the next book. 🙂