What’s the Buzz? Exuberant Imperfection

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 2:45pm

Story Location:
United States

About this blog:

  • Photographing President Obama

    What's the Buzz" covers what's happening, what might be happening, and what should be happening in the opinion of the author.

    Eleanor Cade Busby is an unpublished award-winning writer, photographer and blogger & simply loves writing about herself in third person.She published this absolutely all true bio.

    Busby grew up all over New England,a preacher's kid who set out to destroy every single stereotype about a "Minister's Daughter."

    She attended Goddard College, The Rhode Island Conservatory of Music and The School of Life, majoring in everything she could stuff into her head. She once had her own office and a red stapler. Her employees learned quickly never to touch it.

    Much of her very long life has been spent on or back-stage at theaters. She penned a couple of plays, directed many more and acted in scores of productions. She's done it all except hanging lighting. You can't make her climb a ladder.

    She won awards locally & nationally for social services and customer care. Most recently she was awarded the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award along with 3 million of her closest personal friends for "galvanizing a potent global movement to resist infringements on the rights and dignity of women and many other groups."

    Busby has been a theater, art and dance reviewer and commentator for several publications, including CRACKED magazine.

    Opinionated, obstinate, much-abused, and under-appreciated, she believes that if it isn't funny or relevant, it isn't worth it.

    Eleanor Cade Busby lives in Midcoast Maine with two cats who like to stand on her head at 3 AM demanding a sacrifice, often her sanity.

    Suggestions for topics and comments are always welcome at eleanorcadebusby@hotmail.com

Exuberant Imperfection


“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn't exist.....Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist” 
-Stephen Hawking

 As I searched my archive of photos, I  found many “flawed”  flowers, insects and scenes. Some were photos of the last  dry leaf clinging to a tree, some were blossoms a bit dried around the edges.

I felt like that, too, that I was  a little  worn out here and there  but had some quite nice bits as well.

I searched for famous quotes about the beauty of flaws. What  I found was  many hundreds of passages and quotes but all shared a commonality- the notion that imperfections were errors.

They spoke of overlooking imperfections, of loving a person in spite of an imperfection or perceived notion of one, of looking at  our bodies and accepting our imperfections. I knew I  didn’t want to ‘accept imperfections” I want to  celebrate them.

I discovered I have  a deep love for imperfections. I have fun practicing exuberant imperfection when I write , I often let the words just burst  from me, falling onto the page in ajumble of misspellings and bad punctuation.  I may have to go back again and again to tidy things up  but I have found some pretty good ideas can spring from  taking the risk to create something quite messy.

Shoshin (初心) is a Zen Buddhist word meaning "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when looking at a subject, a person, or even a job, with fresh eyes every time.

In that spirit, I  offer up some photos of the perfection I have found in the imperfect and beautiful outdoors of our lovely state.

I’m sure I’ll share more elegant photos along the way, but for today  I  am not in the mood to be that precious and want to celebrate the glorious world of exuberant imperfection that surrounds us all.

(And especially my own flawed and lovely world....)