Open to Potential

September 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Read this short story called ‘The Empty Cup’ and consider how important being open to potential is on our journey.

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”

I have always loved this story, reading it and sharing it in many varied texts and settings. We have all experienced moments when our mind was already made up, we were convinced that what was possible for ourselves, others or the world around us was determined because of our limiting thoughts, past experience, a sense of maintaining power or being the expert, vulnerability, fear or stereotypes that have been developed. It is challenging to envision certain eventualities as possible, we risk stepping out of our comfort zone, away from the comfortable, and experiencing change, ups and downs. This requires being open to potential.

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. It is our light more than our darkness which scares us’. – Marianne Williamson

In the story we can insert any human interaction. We live in an interdependent world that sees us making daily thoughts and actions that affect ourselves and others within our global village. The titles or subject are not the important theme within the story but the reminder to explore the possibilities within each of our interactions with self, others and the world around us. Within this process we are more likely to discover our own and others potential and be able to act authentically, making a difference and feeling empowered throughout the journey. Our connection and being open to what’s possible can allow us to continually grow and learn from our interactions, experiencing joy, inspiration and support, as well as providing strength in those times that test us.

“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out”. – David Weatherford


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