Monday, May 4, 2009

Is Your Cup Overflowing?

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meji era (1868 – 1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in.”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Is your day overfull? Can you be more realistic about your expectations? It's hard to have a Perfect Workday (or any day), and enjoy it, if you are frantically flying around with too much in your cup.

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