Most of us are like Zen tea bowls — uneven, cracked, imperfect. And our harsh judge keeps wishing we were perfect. The difference is that tea bowls are revered just as they are.

Our irregularities can be a gift, the very qualities that makes us unique. If we can make the shift to see them that was — we can value ourselves as the monks valued those tea bowls, just as we are.

Sue Bender, Everyday Sacred