The Empty Cup

I was speaking to one of my apprentices today and I explained to him one of the policies my church has. In order to serve in any capacity at church it is a requirement that you sit in at least one service without a duty to perform. We call that policy “soak and serve”. It speaks to a fundamental truth. We cannot be givers and servers all the time. We need to somehow find something, some time to fill up our cup. If we do not, the end result is disallusionment.

 

I have found that much of our dis-ease with the Temple, or with work, or with life in general, is that we are doing too much in the service of others and not enough in the service of ourselves. “I don’t have time” is a common excuse, and one I used quite frequently. No one ever has time. We make time for the things we value, but being as there are only  24 hours in a day, some things, necessarily have to take a back seat.

 

Call me selfish if you like, but from experience I have learned that no one will value you as much as you do, so we cannot expect others to fill our cup. We may consider those times in which they do happy surprises rather than routine expectations. The truth is that your cup will more often be empty or near so without constant attention to things that fill it. Make filling your cup a daily habit.

 

These are some of the things I have found useful:

Reading  a book for instruction

Reading a book for learning

Taking online classes

Browsing youtube

Talking with my co-workers off the clock

Cooking things I enjoy

Going to the gym/not going to the gym

Speaking with my therapist

Talking with other Jedi for leisure

Sleeping

Watching movies, anime

Talking with my friend on the phone and/or hanging out with my Connect group every other weekend

 

If you don’t have your own list of things that fill your cup, I encourage you to build one. Further, take some time to consider the ways in which you know, or learn, your cup is getting empty. This will give you a clue as to what you might like to do to fill it.

 

May the Force be with You All

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self care is often underrated, and not taken into proper consideration. Nicely put ^_^

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A full cup is hard to carry and if it’s hard to carry - it’s often hard to share. Good reminder Rosalyn! Thank you !

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This is so true Pastor Carlos. Getting and getting without ever giving is just as detrimental. Balace is KEY

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