Reflections on Diversity: A different kind of perfect

Today, we had planned a perfect day. Weather predictions were low humidity, a nice breeze and mild temperatures.  We would start the day with a lazy breakfast in a local café.  Then we would wander the sunflower fields outside Lawrence, take some pictures, and wander back home.  Maybe a stop at Sonic for a cherry limeade on the way home. Books to read on the patio at home.

Then came the note last night.  Bug sprayers and smoke detector checks today. Random folks invading our apartment.  We stayed home to protect the fur babies. There is no schedule and we waited.  The morning evaporated without a lazy café breakfast or start for the sunflower fields.  When the buggers finally came and went, we opted for a drive through lunch carried to the park with Raymond in tow as a precaution for the still unexpected smoke detector checker.  We had to thread our way out of the complex through the asphalt trucks that have abandoned the carefully mapped project as the paved lots slowly transition to some new black top bliss. The breeze at Shawnee Mission Park lake was delightful.  Geese honked and swam at a safe distance although Raymond noted their presence with barking. He sniffed and rambled and got bites of hamburger.  I came home to work on various diversity projects.  It was a different kind of perfect than we had planned.  Still perfect.

We have to stop expecting there is only one kind of perfect.  Charlie, my luecent feathered cardinal, is a different kind of perfect.  My father held me and declared me perfect and not in need of healing. I am a different kind of perfect than I’m sure he and my mom planned on but still, just perfect.  In our diversity work, we must come to see all the different kinds of perfect there are without wanting to change or heal any of them.   Perfect isn’t a peg shaped to fit in a hole, but a sea of infinite possibilities manifesting one by one, each uniquely shaped to fill its space in the world we are creating together. 

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