BY: ANGELA ABBOTT
So many times I hear, “It doesn’t matter.” And there are definitely times when it doesn’t but I guess I have found – and am finding more and more – that “it does.”
The extra effort, going the extra mile, extending yourself that little bit more all lead to Extra, and Extra is the beginning of EXTRAordinary.
I love a cup of tea and have acquired a small collection of precious, (not so precious) tea cups. One morning as I was filling one of my favourite teacups I discovered it was leaking. It had been cracked in the dishwasher (I think). Unable to discard the treasured cup I could only fill it to the beginning of the crack to avoid a spill. I would get the small taste of the tea I desired. This got old quickly, as I realised that I was wanting more of the wonderful tea’s than the cup could hold.
So a cracked teacup can only hold tea to the bottom of its crack.
I feel like sometimes we are like the cracked teacup. It doesn’t matter how great the relationship, the theory, the talent, the goal, the tea, if we don’t put some attention into our cracks we will only be as effective as the cup is to the bottom of the crack.
Once I had decided that the cup needed to be discarded or repaired I had to see how it could be fixed, if at all.
Unfortunately, the cup didn’t make it past this stage and has gone to teacup heaven. But the lesson it taught me I fondly hold it is that I can only go as far or stand as tall; as I discover my weaknesses and learned from my mistakes I am repairing my cracks and filling my gaps and sometimes we have to throw the cup away.
And so, I make the effort. I know that while some things really don’t matter I don’t let my weakness, my laziness, my distraction stop me from doing that little bit extra.
Because I know that extra leads into Extraordinary. And that’s what I want to be to everyone that matters.