Unexpected Gains of Viewing Ourselves From a Different Perspective
By Cao Jie
A farmer has two pots: One is intact, the other is cracked. The intact one often mocks the cracked one, for it can only bring half a pot of water and the other half splashes on the road. Then the day finally comes that the cracked one cries for guilt. Having learnt of this, the farmer picks wildflowers on the roadside and tells the little pot: He has been sowing flower seeds every year along the road from the river to his house. The flowers come out so beautifully because water spilling from the cracked pot moistens the land.
The cracked pot then realizes that although it is not perfect, it still has its own purpose of existence. So it turns to joy from sadness. The little pot in the story is despondent because it cracks and can do nothing for its master. Are we any different in real life? When we see some flaw or weakness in us, we become negative and weak. And as we think that we’re incapable of doing anything, we often give up ourselves, and even lose hope in life or faith in the future. … Actually, whatever God has done is good. For example, compared with the bee, the eagle is powerful, yet the bee can spread pollen and make the nature multicolored. Whatever differences in their life structure and form, all things are good in God’s eyes, and God has a special arrangement and plan for each of them. So never should we despise ourselves. Sometimes, when we see our flaws from a different angle, we can find there is also God’s good will in them. So if we deny ourselves completely, and collapse and abandon ourselves to depravity after a setback, aren’t we troubled about unnecessary fuss?
God says: “When God saw that all that He had done and achieved was good, everything made by God was set by His words, which is to say that, when “God saw that it was good,” all that He had made assumed a permanent form, was classed according to type, and was given a fixed position, purpose, and function, once and for all eternity. Moreover, their role among all things, and the journey that they must take during God’s management of all things, had already been ordained by God, and were immutable. This was the heavenly law given by the Creator to all things” (“God Himself, the Unique I”). Since “God saw that it was good,” why do we live in pessimism and disappointment and bring so much suffering on ourselves? If you look at yourself from a different angle, you might receive unexpected results. For example, perhaps you don’t have the gift of gab like others, but your guileless remarks can make people feel your sincerity; perhaps you’re not so brilliant as others, but you are a down-to-earth person, and you might get more windfalls; perhaps you feel yourself inferior because you’re not good-looking, but when you treat others with all sincerity, your beauty can also be seen…. Therefore, no matter how many unpleasant things, failures and frustrations we experience in our life, don’t be discouraged or disappointed, but instead view ourselves correctly. Only thus can we find the position that suits us and know the direction of our progress in the big world.
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