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I Am A Cracked Cup #MondayMusings

I know that you’re aware that I’m cracked. But a cracked cup?

There are times when I feel uninspired, and unsure of what I am doing. I have plans but don’t follow through.

There are times when I think back on my past mistakes and feel a bit low, but I’m learning to be better at that.

And then I read something like this:

If I wait until
all the flaws, chips,
and cracks disappear
I will be the cup
that stands on the shelf
and is never used
~ Joyce Rupp

I Am A Cracked Cup

Then I know that I certainly don’t want to be that unused cup. I realize that I must share my experiences. I must be authentic.

I must give of myself now, and not wait for that time when I am ‘perfect’ – for then my time may never come.

So I continue to be the cracked cup and find joy that I can continue to receive the many blessings I do.

And also, to some extent, share of my contents.

Do you too, at times, feel inadequate to do what you are ‘called’ to do?

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  1. All. The. Time. I suffer from imposter syndrome across all areas but have to catch myself and realise how qualified I am. And as for the imperfections, I am slowly and steadily {very, very slowly, I might add} learning to embrace them!

  2. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson March 9, 2017

    Hi, Corinne. I love your analogy. It reminds me of what a former minister used to say about all of us being leaky buckets in need of constant refilling. I prefer the cracked cup image though and love the thought that what we sprinkle along our path is pleasant instead of negative.

  3. Damaria Sene Damaria Sene March 9, 2017

    Thank you for the words of wisdom Corrine.I find that when I come out of a battle with life challenges, dented, cracked and scarred, that I am my best self: motivated with a strong “can do” attitude. Those cracks are a strong reminder of what we are capable of and I’d rather not be an unused cup, unaware of my strengths and potential.

  4. upasna upasna March 9, 2017

    Read a quote shared by Saru “we are all a little broken that’s how the light gets in”. Its so right.Better be a good for someone rather than lying unused.

  5. Vinitha Vinitha March 9, 2017

    Those cracks have its own unique story to share. Feeling inadequate is a must, so we can overcome and share more stories with the world.

  6. Darla M Sands Darla M Sands March 7, 2017

    Wise, inspiring words. Right now I feel like I’m just living in the moment, celebrating my muse whether my novelette series ever sees a readership or not. Best wishes!

  7. Alice Gerard Alice Gerard March 7, 2017

    I constantly feel like a cracked cup. Quite inadequate, wondering if I will ever succeed at anything. It’s OK, though, because I am also a work in progress. Being imperfect gives me room to grow so it’s OK to show those cracks!

  8. Modern Gypsy Modern Gypsy March 7, 2017

    I’m very well acquainted with that feeling of inadequacy. I’ve let it hold me back a lot of times, but I’m slowly learning to just push forward. Loved the analogy with the cracked cup.

  9. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom March 7, 2017

    All the time. That feeling of inadequacy is always there – when I’m writing or reading someone else’s great piece of writing or even sharing my thoughts. But then I have to push it away and walk on or I’d not get anything done at all – those are the good days.

  10. Lux G. Lux G. March 7, 2017

    I too am a cracked up. 🙂

  11. Mel Mel March 7, 2017

    Yes to feeling like a cracked cup, but also know that I still like using our chipped cup because it’s stripey and I painted it.

  12. Parul Parul March 6, 2017

    I love it. Yes, I too am a fracked cup. From the crevices, stories shape and light enters in. What a lovely post, Corinne. Beautiful.

  13. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek March 6, 2017

    I too felt like this many a times, Corinne !!! Excellent reminder of self motivation !!!

  14. Natasha Sinha Natasha Sinha March 6, 2017

    Those cracks are like a soldier’s battle scars. Reminding us that we made it through the war and that too victorious. I have a few scars on my body and I’m proud of them. They remind me of all that I withstood.
    Lovely to know that you celebrate your mistakes and imperfections just the way I do. 🙂

  15. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil March 6, 2017

    Quite a point to ponder today. I would rather be a cracked cup and be able to show off the cracks with interesting stories, than lying unused but in perfect condition. You just woke me up at my boring desk.

  16. pratikshya pratikshya March 6, 2017

    What a thought- very empowering piece indeed… truly said, our cracks are our badges..

  17. Ramya Rao Ramya Rao March 6, 2017

    I know I am cracked. All of us are you know. I used to feel inadequate a lot before. I still feel so in a few things. But that is somehow a way for me to learn and improve. *Cheers with our broken cups**

  18. Kala Kala March 6, 2017

    That’s a deep one Corinne. Most times we tend to procrastinate too much. Aiming for perfection, we lose track of time and the simple pleasures along the way. Better cracked than unused, anyday!

  19. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi March 6, 2017

    I loved the analogy of cracked cup. For sure even I won’t like to be an unused one 🙂 Wearing all the cracks with pride 😀

  20. Nabanita Dhar Nabanita Dhar March 6, 2017

    All the time, Corinne. I feel like I have so many flaws but then I learn too. It’s a balancing act and I try to keep doing what I want to do while trying to in spite of my flaws 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 6, 2017

      Perhaps the knowledge of our flaws keeps us sane, Naba. Like you rightly said, it is a balancing act.

  21. Shalini Shalini March 6, 2017

    It’s better to be a cracked cup than an unused one.w ear the cracks as badges of learning and keep going through!

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