GOOD MORNING MONDAY – AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning. It is Monday. How was your weekend? I hope GREAT 😊 Did you become more aware of your inner voice? I hope so. The more aware you are; the better opportunity you have to understand the narrative you are creating. As you continue to learn more about who you are, the better equipped you are to understand the gifts and talents you have and what you bring to others.
“Just be yourself” is common advice each of us has been given, but how often do you take it? Being yourself is not always easy, but why is that the case? Society and its expectations have put pressure on us since we were very young; telling us how to act, dress, play, and be. By the time we reach adulthood, it is easy to lose a sense of your authentic self, or at least keep it hidden away from the world.
Following is a story that illustrates how each of us has different gifts and abilities. Be proud of your uniqueness and what you bring to share with the world. The story is entitled, “Cracked Pots”. I hope you enjoy it!
A water bearer had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot always arrived only half full.
For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, fulfilled in the design for which it was made.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was unable to accomplish what it had been made to do.
After two years of enduring this bitter shame, the pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself and I apologize to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”
“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you must do all this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion, he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path and was cheered somewhat. But at the end of the trail, it still felt the old shame because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you not notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, and not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we’ve walked back from the stream, you’ve watered them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are; he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has flaws. We’re all cracked pots.
But if you let these flaws shine and try being yourself, then you can use your flaws to make the world more beautiful.
Moral of the Story: Don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them and you too can bring something beautiful to this world
All of us have a desire to be accepted and valued by others. As a result, we often spend our time comparing our skills, talents, job, home, life, etc., to the lives of our friends, family, people we meet, and those we see in the media. When we are in a mode of constant comparisons to others, we can create a recipe for unhappiness, not experiencing the true joys of your life.
Be aware when you are comparing yourself to others. Do not focus on what you do not have; focus on your strengths. Count your blessings. Be grateful for the good in your life. Be ok with not being perfect. Talk kindly to yourself about yourself.
Remember, you are special, unique and have gifts that no one else has. No one can do a better job of being you than you! Be Yourself or You Will Miss Your Life!
Have a Great Day and a Great Week!