spilling coffee

What’s in your cup?

You have no doubt heard the phrase: “You can’t pour from an empty cup!”

Well, I read a wonderful analogy this week. 

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you, spilling the coffee all over.

Why did you spill the coffee?

“Well because someone bumped into me, of course!”, you say.

Wrong!

You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.

Whatever is inside our cup, is what spills out.

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes us up (which it will!), whatever is inside comes right out. So we have to ask ourselves, “What’s in my cup?”

Make sure you have more than coffee in your cup

When our ego is triggered, when unwanted things happen or wanted things don’t happen, what spills out? How do we typically respond?

Do we respond with openness, curiosity, patience, peace and humility? Or with anger, bitterness, harsh words and temper tantrums?

Such questions keep us spiritually honest and grounded. They reveal to us just how far we have already come and just how much work we still have to do.

Let us work towards filling our cups with acceptance, appreciation, joy, words of affirmation for ourselves; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.

 

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