Thought for the Week – September 1st

Perfectly Imperfect

We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.
Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind… there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey.
I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered… we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are.
Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey.”

Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

One thought on “Thought for the Week – September 1st

  1. As the Scouting starts I am reminded of a helpful story which my Dad taught me.

    I always fancied myself as a funny guy who could crack up the guys (way back when) with a joke or funny story. My Dad would occasionally laugh but for the most part smile, I still, after 25 years remember the warmth of his smile. One day , an acquaintance was about to tell a joke and my Dad was present with myself and a couple of other guys. Frank, a pretty good tale teller starter to tell his joke by looking over his shoulder and then the other to see who was around. My Dad immediately said, ” Son, we gotta leave!, lets go now! “, and off we went. Moments latter I said , ” Pop, what’s the hurry, Frank is a pretty funny guy”. My Dad looked at me and said,” Son , if you have to look around , to see who around to hear the story, you shouldn’t be telling it “. Scouters as you journey thru life, remember your words can hurt, but when everyone can hear them as equals!

    Brother Ken, maybe I’m preaching to the choir , but I found this tidbit to be very valuable to me as a young squirt, and hope in today’s world it can be a lesson to the children we teach. Please clean it up if necessary…….Poppi


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