Q4 Daily Inspiration – St. Elmo’s Fire – Uniquely You


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Character Quake:

    An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. 
    At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. 
    After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, the cracked pot spoke to the woman one day by the stream: 
    “Old woman, I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.” 
    The woman smiled and replied, “Cracked pot, did you notice that there are flower on your side of the path, but not on the Perfect Pot’s side?  I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower sees on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back,  you water them. 
    “For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.” 
    Each of us has our own unique flaw.  But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You’ve just got to take each person for what they are look for the good in them.

Provocative Quote:  
It ain’t easy being me.


St. Elmo’s Fire

Catalyst Question:  
What are the challenges of being you?

Constructive Quest:  
List all your challenges. 
List all the ways your challenges could be gifts that make you unique. 
Focus on the second list.

If you want to change your life, 

you have to change your mind

How do your flaws make you unique? 
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