Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Self-Portrait Challenge ~ Flawed


This month's self-portrait challenge is about revealing your imperfections, sharing your flaws. I thought about what to share on this topic for days. I wondered if I could show you my teeth or my baby toe (which still might make an appearance) or my mess or all the things that need to be done in our house. And I couldn't do it. I couldn't find the courage. And in fact, just thinking about my self in this way was really making me sad. I felt like I was looking for things to dislike instead of finding ways to love my idiosyncracies.

Sharing my flaws is not one of my strong points. I remember the moment when my husband first made me feel safe enough to share with him my vulnerability. I did, and he still liked me. This was a whole new experience for me. It changed my life.

And so I'm a newb at sharing my flaws. And recently, I've been feeling a bit vulnerable, a bit fragile. So here's me. Absent from my self-portrait. Not sharing my flaws. At first I thought I was showing you my lack of courage. Now I think I'm showing you my boundaries.

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10 comments:

chest of drawers said...

We all have flaws and I´m sure it´s important to acknowledge them but I also prefer to concentrate on the good things - I respect your boundaries.

Georgia said...

Ooohhhh... very well done:)

Shannon said...

Great post Jamie, I love it!

Jeremy Stockwell said...

Love the picture -- definitely tells your story.

Jeremy Stockwell said...

Love the picture -- definitely tells your story.

melba said...

Hi sweetie. I am wondering why you are feeling fragile. I am thinking about you and sending you positive energy. You have made such a positive impact in my life. I REALLY FEEL like you are there for me and that means SO much to me. You are a tremendous support to me and I how you know how much I appresciate you!!!
XOXO,
Melba

Deb R said...

Let's hear it for boundaries! I'm glad I'm not the only one who reacted this way to this particular theme.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating and subtle imperfection that says a ton in your choice of images Jamie.

I love you with all the imperfections which aren't that many to begin with! I know they are hard to accept and even harder to expose, how brave of you to post about it!

liz elayne said...

so good. i think we spend a lot of time peeling back the layers with our writing in this blog community and this means we look at the imperfections all the time.
i like michelle's (la vie en rose's) take on this month's SPC. instead of looking at the imperfections she is embracing the beauty.
i do appreciate this need to honor the imperfections, but the step of folding them into your arms is an important one.
you are always so thought provoking.

Jessie said...

ooooh, i love it! imperfections are over-rated anyway. the fact that you have boundries means that you also have strength. i love this post--i do, i do!