December 19-A, 2022

wabi-sabi is the practice of finding beauty
in things not quite right.

We all have an Achilles heel.
We are a bit off plumb.
Striving for perfection
only makes it worse.

I don't have what it takes
to belong to the Circle of Shaman,
and I am fine with that,
which qualifies me 
for belonging to the Circle of Shaman,
which leaves me with always knowing
I have no business being there,
and being glad not to be there
while being there.

It is the contradiction 
at the heart of things.
"Wabi sabi" all the way down!

Laughing is the only way to deal with it
in the way it needs to be dealt with.

Caring about our imperfections,
in the sense of wishing we were perfect,
is, itself, an imperfection.

We have to settle into being "one thus come,"
relax into it,
laugh about it,
and live free to do what needs to be done
as only we can do it
in each situation as it arises--
and letting that be good enough.

"Good enough" doesn't get enough air time.
Being content with being "good enough"
makes us real human beings.
Genuine, authentic, complete human beings,
a little off plumb.

Striving to be better than that
is a betrayal of who we are,
and exhibits clearly
how much work we have yet to do
if we would be perfectly imperfect
and thus a True Human Being.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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