It’s Five Minute Friday and today’s word is CHERISHED. I am going to try to write for 5 minutes poetry style again and then go visit the person who wrote before me (as the rules go 🙂 ) I am having to clear my head here because when I heard the word for today you know what pops in my head? Bum..bum! Bum bum..Cherish is the word I use to describe …do do do do do do do … Some oldies song that I happen to know all the words to but can’t remember who wrote it. Anyways, here goes…
The Art of Being Cherished
You are cherished, you are loved.
Whether you realize it or not,
Sometimes we feel less than –
Broken, used up , damaged goods.
Well worn and a little bit beat up
Nevertheless we are cherished treasures
of the One who creates all things beautiful in their time.
Perfection isn’t needed to be cherished.
That is an illusion.
A Lie we tell ourselves when we feel insecure.
We think that to be truly loved and cherished we must appear perfect,
And beautiful and flawless.
Free of quirks and idiosyncracies.
Free of annoying little habits, fears ,
And less than desirable personality traits.
But there is beauty in imperfection and we are usually more critical of ourselves than others are of us.
The Japanese have a term for beauty in imperfection,
It is called Wabi Sabi.
The art of finding the beauty in the imperfect.
Take a moment to think about the beauty in imperfection…
Have you ever seen an old tree with a wonderfully crooked and twisted trunk,
or a rustic barn in a field on the countryside?
An Aged picket fence,
Or a path overgrown with wildflowers and moss?
What about an antique piece of jewelry passed down from generation to generation,
Or an antique piece of furniture well worn from a time gone by.
Many of the things I love and cherish most are these such things…
An antique desk that belonged to my great grandmother, plentiful in scratches but unlike the modern pieces of today,
Or an apron that she wore , perhaps in the 50’s with maybe a little stain here or there, but still so lovely and fun to wear.
We cherish these things because they have a story to tell…
So if we cherish these THINGS,
These gloriously imperfect things…
How much more do we cherish people?
And how much more are we loved and cherished?
There is no doubt about it.
We are all special , unique , and lovingly cherished-
Imperfections and all.
©Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2013
” Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? ” ~ Matthew 6:26 NIV
After I wrote this I got inspired to delve in to the idea of “The Art of Being Cherished” a little bit further 🙂 I think I will write a few more things along these lines for upcoming Valentine’s Day. If you want to check back for more on this, feel free to subscribe via email if you haven’t already, or just pop over for a visit in the month of Feb.
Here’s to Living Inspired,