The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

What’s in your cup?

 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!”

*Wrong answer.*

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?

You choose!

Today let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation for ourselves; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.


Thich Nhat Hanh Philosophy & Practice

3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Dare boldly and commented:
    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 we spilled them out?

    October 16, 2017 at 5:42 am

  2. Thank you for this bit of wisdom for Monday morning…what will shake out as I go through my day? 😌

    October 16, 2017 at 6:24 am

  3. I love this! Thank you. 🙏

    October 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

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