Toppling the cups of our lives

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” Ray Bradbury

This quote from multiple-award-winning writer Ray Bradbury presents a challenge: what are we putting into the cups of our lives? Are we filling them with things that motivate our creative beauty vibes? That fuels our imagination? Powers our dreams? Or, are we filling our cups with bitterness that leaves a nasty taste in our mouths (& those we encounter.)

Beauteous offerings tend to slosh within whilst teetering toward toppling when fear stymies forward momentum. Fear of inadequacies, of crashing, of failure, of the unknown.

Tipping ourselves over’ – maybe it means actively pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, to try new things that we never knew we had the gumption to do? Maybe there’s beauty honing in on that (whatever that may be?)

Therein lies the tricky part: how far to tip over, so we can eventually extract ourselves from such topples to see if anything beautiful managed to find its way out. (It’s a challenge to view much of anything whilst bumbling about on the ground.)

This quote also presupposes there is beautiful stuff inside us, which might require a bit of faith when woeful mantras fill the airwaves of our minds and hearts, often fractured by fears and failures.

But, taking initiative to topple over is taking a risk (of sorts.) Setting aside our fears of freefalling into the unknown, unwrapping our insecurities to unravel in the space between doubt and inertia.

Maybe that’s were the beauty of our lives resides. Where we have the faith to believe something beautiful is there – and is worth sharing, as we topple it over for others to see.

“Each day in our world beauty is born anew.” Pope Francis

grace, peace & toppling beauty

Virginia : )

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12 Responses to Toppling the cups of our lives

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Enlightening post😊Thank you and have a wonderful weekend ahead.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks GH! I tend to topple over without much impetus (down stairs, up stairs, in parking lots?) but this kind of internal toppling requires a bit more finesse! Hugs!!! 🌷🌟🌷

  2. TMH says:

    I like this line: “Tipping ourselves over’ – maybe it means actively pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, to try new things.”
    I was just writing about this myself.

  3. Carol-Jo Osinski says:

    Thank you , Virginia..I shed a sigh with your writings…beauty within us..if I let go of my fears..

  4. arlene says:

    Lovely thoughts Virginia.

  5. elvagreen123 says:

    What a really great quote from one of my favorite writers. Thanks for this inspirational insight. Also, your writing style calms me somehow, so thanks also for your posts.

    • Virginia says:

      Isn’t that a good one from one of Science Fiction’s finest? His books make us think, just like this quote. Thank you, Elva, for your encouragement. ✨🤗✨

  6. just beautiful-love your pictures too. An inspiring gentle lesson. Something beautiful from you spilled out. thank you, love Michele

    • Virginia says:

      Awwww, Michele, you made my day! When I saw this quote a few weeks back I immediately thought of my treasured tea set swirled by dynamic Kenyan women so beautifully – 🌷☕️🌷

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