When My Cup Is Empty

The other day, while looking for images that I could use in a presentation, I came across this picture. When I saw it, I immediately identified with it.

Now, if you recall, I wrote a blog about what I do when I'm not "doing business". Yes, I do try to have somewhat of a life outside of all things Jamila Wellness and Key 4 Enterprises. I thought I was doing a pretty good job too! So why did this photo of an empty cup strike me? The first thing that came to mind was the phrase "you can't pour from an empty cup". I've used that phrase many times with clients and friends, and even a few times on myself. But why was it coming up now? Was I empty? I had to spend some time breaking it down. Here's what I came up with.

The contents of the cup

In this picture, it looks like there was coffee in this now-empty cup. When I think of coffee, I think of something I (and others) drink in the morning to get some energy and feel ready to begin the day. There are days when I want nothing more than to stay at home and continue bonding with my mattress and pillow. Even the couch and throw blanket will do. But once I make my usual visit to Starbucks, and I settle at my work location for the day, I am better prepared to tackle the day's to-do- list. So, to many, myself included, coffee symbolizes energy and preparedness.

Back to the picture. If coffee symbolizes energy and preparedness... and this cup used to have it... but no longer does... now what? Where did it go? Where can I get more?

The container, the cup

Another thing about this picture that stood out to me was the cup itself. If you do an internet image search for "coffee cup", you will yield results for all types of interesting-looking mugs. Various shapes, sizes, colors, decorations. Some have really cool quotes (ranging from funny to inspirational), famous characters, sports teams, and more. This picture, however, shows a plain white paper cup. No fanfare whatsoever. There's nothing here that would draw attention to the cup, unless you were truly interested in what was inside. Yet, I see confidence in the cup. Standing alone but still aware of the value of its contents.

The cure

So now that I know I need replenishing, what do I do? Well, the first thing I did was to take assessment of my body. What am I feeling (not emotions), and where? I feel a headache. I feel tension in my neck and shoulders. Hmmm, maybe I could benefit from a massage. I also feel sluggish and tired. Maybe I need to pay more attention to what I'm eating. Maybe I should do different exercises to increase blood flow. The next thing I did was to take an honest inventory of my to-do lists. They are far too lengthy. I have hired a virtual assistant to help me take up some of the slack. Mentally, emotionally, and financially, I'm doing pretty alright these days. Yay!

Spiritually, I'm kinda tapped out. Honestly speaking. This usually happens around this time of year so every summer I go on a spiritual retreat with my parents. Can't wait!

The conclusion

I wrote this blog for those that may be facing an empty-cup situation. I wanted you to know that we all go through them. Take time to examine your contents, your container, and assess your cure. Sometimes, you may need someone else's input (like a life coach) to help you sort it all out. And that's okay! Restoration is a process.

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