One of our colleagues recently shared this little inspirational video about the water-bearer and his two pots.
Without giving too much of the story away (spoiler alert!!!), let’s just say that there’s always more than one way to look at misfortune, failure, awful circumstances, and loss.
Of course, there’s always the danger that someone will accuse you of being heartless, unsympathetic, unfeeling, or trying to make light of suffering, serious illness, dire poverty, or some other tragic situation. So this tale may not necessarily apply to every case, especially when faced with the extremes of human existence.
But for all it’s worth, it can be a helpful little story to give us another perspective on life’s challenges, which we all face at one time or another.
To see the water bearer’s story, click here: https://www.facebook.com/inspiremoreofficial/videos/1334621436629938/
Heard the old expression “putting people in boxes”? Unfortunately, another thing that gets put into boxes a lot is faith.
Through the centuries, bloody wars have been fought over religious beliefs and differences. To their credit, there have been groups, organizations, and even some political entities (like states or countries) that came together to demonstrate it doesn’t have to be that way. One can gain much more by recognizing and appreciating our differences rather than fearing them or making them the cause of conflicts and bloodshed.
We won’t name names of people who have been doing it wrong — or right — you all know who you are. Actually, come to think of it, perhaps even drawing lines in the sand like that is all part of the problem. If we’d only try to be more comfortable with living in the “gray area,” that place where there are no black & white wrongs or rights, we might all be much better off.
Recently, the people of Denmark were privileged to view a TV commercial that expressed that very same thought. It dramatically illustrated the problem with putting people in boxes.
More than that, it suggested the beautiful, encouraging, inspiring alternative.
Wouldn’t you rather live in a world like this?