We are more than the jobs we do. More than the roles we play. More than the labels society puts on us. But it’s not always easy to remember that. We are constantly striving for perfection, and when we inevitably don’t achieve it, we beat ourselves up.

It doesn’t have to be that way, says Haemin Sunim’s Love for Imperfect Things. The struggle may feel real, but we don’t have to be struggling.

This million selling book is part essay, part poetry, part compendium of inspirational quotes. It’s not a page turner, more a guide to dip in and out of when the mood strikes and you’re in need of some inspiration. A Zen Buddhist teacher from Seoul, Sunim’s writing is permission to just be, rather than always becoming. Covering everything from family to empathy, courage to acceptance, this book is full of wise sayings, which yes, sometimes veer on being cliched aphorisms, but there’s a reason why these things get repeated.

It’s gentler than some ‘motivating’ self help books. It is about changing mindset rather than offering any practical advice. But what do you expect from a monk? It’s not dripping in spirituality – it’s subtler that that.

This book reminds us that we are all imperfect, that we all struggle in our life and work – and that we are all worthy of love. Which is a great message that we would all do well to remember.

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