You! You are Amazing!

This short film by Kurt Kuenne was a great addition to the multigeneration service that we celebrated on September 19.

This film, a zany short about a parking attendant who redefines what it means to validate, is a great example of how we can live our Unitarian Universalist principles.

For me, this movie, and this idea of validation helps me to be faithfully connected to living my Unitarian Universalist faith.

Validation means to demonstrate or support the truth or value of someone’s feelings or stories and to think about how it is for them. To validate some else, their experience, the way they look at the world is a learned skill, because we have to no think about ourselves or that we have to fix the situation.

Validation is a skill that we can learn and it is a living example of putting our Unitarian Universalist principles into action.

By consciously choosing to validate someone we are:

Acknowledging the inherent worth and dignity of every person; we are treating every person as important.

We are accepting one another and encouraging them to spiritual growth and learning and growing with them.

And when we validate ourselves and each other, we are working for and helping to create a more peaceful world. And peace, like validation, ripples out to encourage just and sustainable communities where there is a better chance for liberty and justice for everybody.

For as much as Unitarian Universalism is a religion that encourages an open mind, a loving heart and helping hands, it doesn’t tell us exactly how to do that. It trusts and encourages us to find our own way. It supports us if we lose our way, and helps us to find our spark, our inner light and our unique loving presence in the world.