This week, I was fortunate to interview Sarah Shaw from www.Entreprenette.com. I loved what she had to share with us, her tips for taking products to market, insights on being an entrepreneur, and the free PR distribution list she shared here. But, I didn’t love something else.
I was sick as a dog, wobbly, even got the name of her website wrong. (Forgive me, Sarah). I was doing all that I could to hold on and make it through, letting Sarah carry the ball. In all honesty, I lost my voice the week before, canceled the interview already once, and wanted to be respectful of her time, and honor my commitment. I prayed to have a voice, and be clear enough to ask the questions I had prepared weeks before the interview. It didn’t happen.
My body was stronger than my will, and the results were less than perfect.
Wabi-sabi. A Japanese term noting the art of imperfection.
I love to garden and know that a flower doesn’t bloom 365 days a year. Nor do we. I know that sometimes my favorite Greek meatballs don’t come out as good as usual because I forgot to buy scallions, or I didn’t use the cast iron frying pan and finish the batch off with a sprinkling of oregano. Sometimes things turn out differently than you plan. And, that’s ok. We have to give ourselves permission to have an off day, or week, or undefined time — and let it be, without beating ourselves up. That “ourselves”, includes me.
Leonard Cohen, the author, writes this:
Forget your perfect offering
There’s a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Wabi-sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, modest and humble.
For me, an imperfect interview was part of letting go of my own perfection. Accepting an off day, and, being ok with it not just for me, but for my community.
Imperfection is perfection for where we need to be, and perhaps, what we need to learn.
It was such an important lesson for me — to lessen the load with grace.
It IS all good. It’s our minds that may not be in sync, at the time.