This is the poem read by Craig Hull just prior to our Annual Meeting last week.
Being a work in progress is diametrically opposed to being perfect
by Stephanie Trudel (From a sermon entitled Work in Progress)
Being a work in progress is diametrically opposed to being perfect.
Being perfect is rigid, unyielding.
It offers no flexibility, no wiggle room.
It puts people in neat little boxes with labels that often times do not fit.
Perfect does not allow for diversity of opinion.
Perfect doesn’t care about the process, only the product.
Perfect stifles creativity, and impedes understanding.
Perfect is judgmental and closed off.
One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to matters of religion and faith.
Unitarian Universalism understands this, and offers an alternative…
When you are a work in progress, you are able to breathe, and move.
You can explore and stretch yourself in new ways.
You are enriched by the symphony of life that surrounds you and fills you.
You can question, ponder, and search freely for what is most meaningful for you.
You can come to find others who may have a much different story, but who are also seeking, searching.
Perhaps that is a place where you find meaning.
You know that mistakes are not mistakes, but opportunities to learn what not to do next time.
You see the value in the process, secure in the knowledge that it is the journey that matters.
When you are a work in progress, you realize how vast this world is, and how much there is to learn.
You do your best and know that is enough.