Work In Progress

By Nancy Bragg


I am a work in progress.

Partially finished and awaiting completion.

What’s the hurry?

Where are those elusive goal posts?

My life is not a work in progress.

I am creative, resourceful, and whole.

Slow down.

My life is now.

Allow my life to unfold in its own time.

I know how to find my way.

Patience, patience.

My life is a process.

Life Is Always Unfinished Business

By Rev. Richard S. Gilbert

In the midst of the whirling day,

In the hectic rush to be doing,

In the frantic pace of life,

Pause here for a moment.


Catch your breath;

Relax your body;

Loosen your grip on life.


Consider that our lives are always unfinished business;

Imagine that the picture of our being is never complete;

Allow your life to be a work in progress.


Do not hurry to mold the masterpiece;

Do not rush to finish the picture;

Do not be impatient to complete the drawing.

From beckoning birth to dawning death we are in process,

And always there is more to be done.


Do not let the incompleteness weigh on your spirit;

Do not despair that imperfection marks your every day;

Do not fear that we are still in the making.


Let us instead be grateful that the world is still to be created;

Let us give thanks that we can be more than we are;

Let us celebrate the power of the incomplete;

For life is always unfinished business.

Participants’ Reflections:

  • I have fear about something I’m doing next week where I will be judged. You reminded me with your reading that I am a work in progress and to be patient with myself. I’m doing the best I can I can and I choose to be gentle with myself.

  • An unfinished drawing is the story of my life. I had artistic talent as a child and a perfectionist father, everything I did had to be perfect. I’ve learned that process is enough. Now when I'm out in nature, I can capture the beauty of a pine tree and woods. I'm okay with not finishing the picture. It's good for my spirit and soul to study nature. It's beautiful, healing for me.

  • I liked the phrase we are never complete spiritually. They who do believe that are not people I hang out with. Unfinished things are meaningful. Continuance of learning and loving is beautiful. We're loving the best I can and learning all we can

  • During the meditation, I had the image of a pile of pickup sticks. You can take one or two out and there is no shift, or you can take one out and it will all fall. In life we learn to know the difference, and learn to rebuild when things collapse. It feels healthy to build up and create my life in a creative way.

  • During the reading, the thought came to me of ‘I am enough’. I like the thought that ‘we will be judged’ and it doesn't matter. We are enough and it doesn't matter if we're judged. We can only control what we do, not what others think of what we do.

  • ‘I am enough’ is my mantra. I too had a judgmental father and had to learn to listen to him with my heart, not my ears. And I heard then how fearful he was that I wouldn’t succeed. He only wanted the best for me.

  • I'm going back to work, it's frightening. I have only rarely gone out. Now I'm going into a shopping mall that's not as safe. I'm a little scared. #meditation #meditations #spiritualjourney #mindfulliving #fear #workinprogress

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