Throughout my life, I have done things that were not in my own best interest. I have been prideful and made choices that ended up being wrong choices in the long run. When I have tried to control my world, I have chosen the wrong world to control.
I am reminded of the story of the young Samurai that wanted to become the greatest warrior that the world had ever seen. Since he was a boy, he had practiced and trained and prepared himself physically. Although he was a great fighter, he was still not the greatest. Even in his practice, he had weaknesses that could be exploited. His instructor sent him to the mountain-top to speak with the tea-master. The instructor told the young warrior that this man could provide the missing piece that would make him the greatest warrior the world had ever seen. So, the young warrior climbed the mountain, which took several days, carrying his sword and wearing his armor. Once the young warrior reached the top, he knocked on the door and waited for the tea master. As the master opened the door, the warrior began to explain his own greatness and how he was on a quest to be greater than all others. The tea master invited him in and they sat across from one another. The warrior continued to explain how much he knew to the tea master. Once he finally paused from speaking, the tea master carefully held back his own sleeve and began to pour the tea into the young man's cup. He poured slowly but continuously until the tea reached the top of the cup. He then kept pouring and the tea spilled over the top of the cup and onto the young man's leg. The warrior jumped up and yelled at the tea master. He asked what the tea master was doing. The tea master sat down the tea and looked at the warrior whose hand was on his sword and said, "Your cup is so full that you are not able to hold any more. When your cup is empty, I may fill it with the wisdom that you seek. Until then, you are too full to gain wisdom." At that, he sent the warrior away and asked him to return with an empty cup.
Just like this story, there have been so many times that I did things that were what my ego wanted, but were not what was right for me or in my best interest. I have wanted to be seen as a great entrepreneur or a great leader or an incredible speaker and have made choices that were directly opposite of what was in my best interest. I have done these things to satisfy my ego instead of walking the path that I should have with an empty cup. It is in the realization that I don't know what is in my best interest on my own that I am open to learning. It is in this giving up of my own ego-driven will that I am able to hear that inner voice that guides me.
Today, I shall walk through life with my cup empty. I shall be open to learning and to guidance. It is in wisdom that I find peace. It is in the truth that lives in me, separate from my ego, that I find what I have always been looking for. Will you be like the young warrior who couldn't learn because he perceived that he knew all that he needed, or will you approach life with an open mind, willing to learn and grow? Today, I lay down my pride and I learn. I realize that I do not perceive what is in my best interest and I am open to learn and to grow. Are you?
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.