A Crack in Everything

Danger - Thin Ice

There is a Crack © 2012 Bo Mackison

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

~  Anthem by Leonard Cohen

The link is to the song on YouTube. Interesting, thought-provoking lyrics, interesting talk-sing voice. I love the line “forget your perfect offering.” I don’t usually post a lot of quotes on one post, but I kept finding quotes about imperfection that I wanted to remember, and this seemed like a good place for this compilation. It is a good thing to remember — no one is perfect. Imperfect is human, humans are imperfect.

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the imperfection of our nature; thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not. ~ Joseph Butler

If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully. ~ Matthew Fox
Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere. ~ Thomas Carlyle
Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the natural lot of mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair. ~ Ieyasu Tokugawa
The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection. ~ Arianna Huffington
There is a kind of beauty in imperfection. ~ Conrad Hall
Bo Mackison is a photogrpaher and owner of  Seeded Earth Studio LLC.


About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I agree hOle hartedlEE with your obserVatons on iMperFectun. 🙂 Great post.

  2. Funny how you wrote this yesterday, for yesterday I enjoyed a deep discussion with an important friend about my own personal, imperfect path. MY path. Seems I keep wanting to walk on someone else’s path instead of staying on my own – my constant battle of putting Me first instead of others. As the discussion unfolded we chatted about just how each individual path twists and turns, how roots stick up and branches hang down just waiting to catch a foot or grab our hair. How mud and water collect in pockets that must be avoided, but in doing so we see something new. Imperfection grows our souls. This is such a good post for me to read today. Thanks, dear.

  3. I love Leonard Cohen, especially his poem “Dance Me to the End of Love” (which will likely be featured in one of my upcoming posts).

    Great post with great reminders, Bo. THank you. 🙂

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