Blemishes and character

We were talking about a few scratches and blemishes on our wooden flooring the other day. Our friends reframed it for us when they described the blemishes as “character.”

Over the past weeks, we’ve been joking about how we’ve been adding (or discovering) character throughout our home.

Jokes aside though, that reframing was powerful for three reasons.

First, it brought a sense of liberation that comes with accepting imperfections (like bubbles on a screen protector).

Second, it drove home just how little others care about the blemishes we pay attention.

And, third, it drove home the importance of mis-steps and imperfections in shaping our character. Character is a set of mental and moral qualities that are distinct to us. We wouldn’t develop them without those blemishes.