Do you ever wonder if you are good enough? Do you ever compare yourself to others? It's so easy to compare ourselves to others. I'll admit something to you. At times I wonder, "Am I good enough?"
I've got to tell you a story I read a few years ago:
Once upon a time there was an elderly woman who needed to walk down to the river every morning to fetch water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. She carried two buckets with her, filled them up at the riverbank, and walked back with them to her rural cottage home. One of the buckets was newer, perfectly sealed, and held its water flawlessly. But the second bucket was older and contained a few thin cracks that would leak water onto the ground as the elderly woman walked. By the time she arrived home, typically about one third of the water in the second bucket had leaked through its cracks.
One day, on the walk down to the river, the cracked bucket – who had always felt like it wasn’t as good as the other bucket – said to the elderly woman, “I want you to know that I’ve been leaking water every morning for the past several years. I’m so sorry for being cracked and making your life more difficult. I understand if you need to replace me with a better bucket.”
The elderly woman smiled. “Do you really think I haven’t known about your cracks this whole time?” she asked. “Look at all the beautiful flowers that grow on the path from my cottage to the river. I planted those seeds, but every morning it’s you who does the watering.” THE END
For me, I've learned that feeling good enough in life, in work, in relationships has everything to do with how I personally judge the "cracks" in my own bucket. Guess what? We ALL have a few cracks in our buckets!
However, my bucket cracks, do NOT have to hold me back from my amazing potential?
Some of our "bucket cracks" can lead to a trail of "flowers" we haven’t even stopped to appreciate? Over this past year, I've been stopping myself a lot these COVID-19 days to really appreciate the "flowers." Guess what? I've noticed the "flowers" are everywhere!
Let's do something together...you and me, let's choose to see the flowers through the cracks in our own buckets – let's choose to see how it’s exactly those cracks that make us good enough.
I've learned ONE VERY IMPORTANT TRUTH: If I choose to THINK BETTER, my whole universe will shift to the better!