The Art of Being Cherished- Five Minute Poetry

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,

You are.

Sometimes we feel less than –

Broken, used up , damaged goods.

Well worn and a little bit beat up

by Life.

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…

A History.

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,


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14 Responses to The Art of Being Cherished- Five Minute Poetry

  1. Lovely thoughts. In from SITS.

  2. Hi Rebekah! I’ve been sick and so I forgot to visit the person before me in the link up. It’s my first time joining in on the fun. I love your thoughts in poetry form! I think my favorite part was when you described the old tree and antique things. It’s really a neat way to look at the beauty of imperfection.
    God bless!

  3. Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

    Hi! No worries. I have been sick myself. I think half the country has been. Welcome to Five Minute Friday then! It’s a great community. Thank you for your comments and get well soon! God bless you as well.

  4. denise says:

    Wonder-filled thoughts, thanks.

  5. Dammy says:

    Really lovely Rebekah! I really don’t know how you’re able to write so much in 5 minutes!

    Just the other day I was thinking about the ‘imperfections on my face – things I imagined would make me so much more beautiful if they were ‘straightened out’! We often completely miss the point!

    Thanks for the reminder that there is beauty in imperfections!

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thanks Dammy 🙂 Well , typically I am not. There is something magical about FMF I say. It helps to have a word prompt. I guess I have a sort of method that helps. If my brain doesn’t want to get going so to speak (on the word), I typically take a couple of minutes to sit in the quiet and meditate on the word, allowing pictures and thoughts of what I am feeling come to my head. When I have a sort of direction or clarity on the topic then I set the timer and write. The words tend to flow out fairly quickly that way. It also helps that I have a brain that is rarely idle -especially at midnight (which is when the word comes out my time) because I tend to feel more thoughtful late at night.

      U are so right in what you said above (missing the point)..and you are welcome. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

  6. Louise says:

    Hi Rebekah! I really love your poem and it enlightened my day. 🙂 can I feature your poem on my video project? I’ll post it on youtube and give credits to you if you’d let me. God bless you! 🙂

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Hi Louise! I am so glad you liked it and it meant something to you. That makes me smile :D. Yes, I would be honored for you to feature my poem. I thank you for asking permission first. I only have 2 requirements of how my art or poetry has to be shared and I will email you privately with those. Really simple, so no worries. I would also love it if you could provide me with a link to your video when it’s done because I would love to share it on my social media. God bless you too and thanks for stopping by. Emailing you privately now..

      • Louise says:

        I had already read your private email Rebekah. 🙂 I’m nearly done on making the video. Maybe next week I can upload it on youtube. The video will be about 10 minutes and I also included the Bible verse (Matthew 6:26) you quoted below your poem in the beginning of my vid. I’ll just email you or can I add you on Facebook? So that I can update you. 🙂

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