First of all, happy new month!
And secondly, here’s to announce that I’ll start a 30-day challenge as from tomorrow, the 2nd till the end of December on my web series ‘#IAmPossible’.
I hope that you take this challenge with me in a bid to prune out 2015’s unwanted weeds in readiness for awesomeness in 2016! 🙂
So today I’d like to prune out the sense of self-loathing/self-pity/inadequacy that often comes with the struggle we face when handling our flaws.
Here’s a short story to better put this in perspective:
An elderly woman had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole she would carry across her neck every day from the stream. One of the two pots had a crack in it while the other was perfect and would always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot would always arrive only half full.
For two whole years, this occurred daily – the woman would bring home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot would gloat while the cracked pot reeled in self-pity and shame from its own imperfection, always miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be utter failure, the cracked pot spoke to the woman one day by the stream and said; “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack on my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house, everyday.”
The old woman smiled and responded, “Have you noticed that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back home, you water them through your leakage.
“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table with them. Without your crack, there would not be beauty to grace my house.”
Moral of the story: We walk through life giving way too much attention to what we consider our imperfections, rather than using them to our advantage and to change our situations – no matter what they may be.
I don’t know what flaws you might be battling in your life – could be physical, spiritual, mental, behavioural/social or even emotional – but whatever they are, I need you NOW to make a conscious decision to start using them to your advantage before the world uses them to tear you apart. And it will!
So why not own all your flaws, starting today, and pay attention to how exactly they work in your favour? You’ll be able to flash bigger and brighter smiles that warm others’ hearts in spite of your coloured teeth, or disproportionate jawline or other physical imperfections… You’ll be able to handle people better in spite of your emotional imbalance. You’ll love people more, genuinely, and forgive despite your spiritual struggles that keep you away from committing to having prayer times all through the day.
You’ll find yourself feeling lighter every second of the day when you start, say, praying for others and truly being appreciative of all that the divine power has placed in your path, not just for you but for those with whom you interact on a daily basis. It’s a daily struggle, alright. But it’s one you have to commit to, to see change in your life.
Share the experiences here and let’s help one another be better people who do not focus on what our cracks don’t do for us as opposed to what they actually do for others or our environments that makes us shine in the end.
I’ll have a video blog about this and until then, werk it! #YouArePossible #IAmPossible #LetsBePossibleTogether #LBPT