We’ve had a series of minor catastrophes lately. Nothing life-threatening, but all certainly costly and very fucking annoying. (Examples include but are not limited to: rando hit & run into our garage, flooded water heater on two floors, broken off vehicle parts.)
The lesson here is about perspective. No one died. Damaged does not mean irreplaceable. Wet doesn’t always equal ruined. Inconvenience is shitty, but it’s not never a mortal wound.
Totally could have been worse.
And here’s a little story to go along with the message.
“You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you, making you spill your coffee everywhere.
Why did you spill the coffee? You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea. The point is 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 out? Joy, gratefulness, peace, humility? Or does anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions come out?
You get to choose!
Today, let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, kindness, gentleness, and love for others.”
When these bumps and unsettling life events happen, we need to adjust. We need to remember that we are on a journey and we are here to learn.
How we react to our lessons is what’s going to get us through to the next phase, the next chapter. And, the next beautiful moment.