Necessary Imperfections

 Necessary ImperfectionsLast Christmas I went to a church service near where I was staying.  It was a home-made kind of affair, with the small congregation participating in the nativity scene.  But the one thing that stuck with me was something the priest said during the homily.  He had handed out little bells to ring and he brought our attention to the fact that the bells had cracks and holes in them, designed to make the sound ring out.   Without those ‘imperfections’, there would be no sound.

I thought how this is also true about human beings.

We’re all a little cracked in our own unique ways,

some with larger fissures than others (present company included), but it is true that these ‘imperfections’ make all the beauty in what we call life.

Just when teenagers want to be like everyone else, college admissions officers are asking them to stand out from the crowd and that causes some angst. During this time of essay writing and self-examination, when students are bound to feel a bit less-than relative to their peers (they are teenagers after all), remind them that their own quirks and imperfections are where it’s at, that they are there to let their beautiful light and sound stream out into the world.

We love imperfections, for they are as unique as fingerprints.

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