Nobody is perfect. Everybody has their own flaws and weaknesses, and we all make mistakes.
Hence, to keep a relationship strong, one should learn to look beyond a partner’s imperfections instead of focusing on flaws.
This valuable lesson—accepting each other’s faults—was recently shared on Facebook by John Pennington.
When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular…
In his post, Pennington retold a heartwarming story about a mother’s burned biscuits, a story that has been circulating around the internet for years.
The story began, “When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.”
“On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!”
Rather than avoiding the batch of burned biscuits, the dad in the story reached out for the biscuits.
He spread butter and jelly on a blackened biscuit, ate it, and while smiling at his wife, asked the child how his day at school went.
“He ate every bite of that thing … never made a face nor uttered a word about it!”
When the child finished eating and got up from the table, he heard his mom apologizing to his dad for burning the biscuits.
“And I’ll never forget what he said, ‘Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.’”
Later, the child went to kiss the dad good night. Curious, he asked his father if he really liked the burned biscuits.
The dad replied: “Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides–a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”
The dad’s act of graciousness and forgiveness left a deep impression on the child.
And it has impacted his outlook on life.
“As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.”
Over the years, he has learned that to “accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.”
This is such a beautiful lesson worth noting and learning.
It is not surprising Pennington’s post has gone viral, receiving more than 374,000 reactions, and over 59,000 comments.
The lovely message in this story has resonated with many social media users.
“Words to live by,” one wrote.
“Great story!” another commented. “We all could learn from this example; willing to accept other’s faults, for no one is perfect.”
“Wish everyone would read this and practice it in their own lives,” another chimed in.
Always keep in mind to look beyond each other’s faults and mistakes, and “be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”