Imperfectionist Books Reflections

The Teapot

‘There was once a proud teapot; it was proud of being porcelain, proud of its long spout, proud of its broad handle. It had something before and behind,–the spout before and the handle behind,–and that was what it talked about. But it did not talk of its lid, which was cracked and riveted; these were defects, and one does not talk of one’s defects, for there are plenty of others to do that. The cups, the cream pot, and the sugar bowl, the whole tea service, would think must oftener of the lid’s imperfections–and talk about them–than of the sound handle and the remarkable spout. The teapot knew it.

“I know you,” it said within itself. “I know, too, my imperfection, and I am aware that in the very thing is seen my humility, my modesty. Imperfections we all have, but we also have compensations.’ – from “The Teapot” by Hans Christian Andersen

When you complete an assignment, do you introduce it by making excuses for things that might be wrong with it? When you cook a meal, are you apologizing for how salty it is or how it isn’t tender enough before anyone even tastes it? Are you always worried about what other people think of your imperfections?

Lessons from fairy tales are not only for children. Own what your good at…AND own your flaws.


Feature Image Source: Lorenz Frølich

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