I wrote: "When one is full, there is no room. When one is empty the right teacher shall appear to fill it once again. Make a habit of emptying and filling your cup all the while never giving too much importance to outcome - for the fear is, you shall miss the true lessons."
There are many interpretations on Raymond's wall - including one from someone who assumed what Bruce's intent was because he knew Bruce. As a martial artist, and someone who knows quite a lot about Bruce, I assumed what the intent was also.
However, I drifted into sleep tonight something woke me and brought me here to write.
I think we are actually born with a full cup. Yes, full of potential and possibilities. We all have the same size cup even though the contents are slightly different. To me the ideal is that at the end of our life, the cup is empty.
All the while we journey through this life how much do we take advantage of our potential?
So much is typically left in our cup. So much is left because of false excuses and suffocating fears. We get stuck in our thought processes that aren't even truly our own thoughts - they are left-overs from parents, teachers and others.
How long is the list of things that you wish for yourself and yet have not grabbed and made your own? What excuses and beliefs are filling and or emptying your cup?
Sometimes I have too many things on the go, I know it. But for a long time I have been determined to empty my cup. When it's time to go, it's time. I won't get to come around again and say, "I'll get that Black Sash now" or "I'll cycle across Canada now" or "I'll have the courage to ask for help now."
I ask myself this question often, "When is my time to do -----that?" Every day is an opportunity that won't return. I don't want to sit in my rocking chair and regret what I didn't do.
One more thing. The cup itself, well...that's the circle of love and joy in your life, it's you. You, me, we are all worthy of that self-love and whatever is in that cup waiting to be emptied and shared.
That Raymond, is what I really think.