It is easy to blame the other, someone else, anyone else for our moods, our actions, words.
Yet, as this lovely story from Thich Nhat Hanh so clearly shows, whose moods, actions, words are they?
What were we holding inside when it all spilled them out?
I found this analogy interesting:
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.
Why did you spill the coffee?
“Well because someone bumped into me, of course!”
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 the cup, is what will spill out.*
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. _It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled._
*So we have to ask ourselves… _”what’s in my cup?”_*
When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?
Today let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words…
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