For the longest time I have considered myself a work in progress and perfectly imperfect. Words are powerful, especially the ones we hear constantly. We say them to ourselves and each other.
Not too long ago I was challenged to change that “perfectly imperfect” label. At first I wasn’t sure how to take the challenge, but knew it was coming from a place of love and decided to delve into the words and the reason why the challenge was uncomfortable for me. After taking time to think about it, I realized it was because I was labeling myself and labels tend to bother me. We are all so much more than a label. We are constantly evolving, our bodies just a container to hold energy that is constantly moving and becoming something different. Yet, here I was placing a label, a description on myself. Not even an accurate description. This didn’t set well with me, so I decided to remove the labels and just be me. No label needed. What does that mean? It means being open to the flow and creativity of who I am constantly shifting into as life moves around me.
Fast forward a bit to today. Ted Talks about the words we use are what I have been listening to because I know that I need to change the words I use with myself. Then a friend on fb asks if everyone is doing okay and asks that we tell her about it. As I read it I think about how life is good. Everything is okay, it is more than okay. Focus on this, give it energy. And I think about the words we use. Not only is it time to eliminate “perfectly imperfect”, I realize it is time to change-up the “work in progress” that I have been using to describe my life. I think about how many of us think that we are a “work in progress”, that we are a “mess”, etc… The words are vital. We are, I am, a work of art. A piece of clay being formed into a sculpture. A masterpiece being painted. Shattered glass transformed into a stunning and colorful stained glass window. Fully who we are in this moment and being transformed, regenerated into who we will become.
Creating the priceless work of art that is us. Knowing that it will change and adapt as life occurs. Which makes me think of the beauty of rocks in water. They get smoothed and changed by the flow of the water. They create an art that is beautiful in the simplicity, yet complex in the time it takes to form the shapes the rocks hold.
We are all just art that is in the process of creation. Beautiful and complex. Endlessly being shaped and formed.