Day Fourteen Reflection


Day Fourteen Reflection

You Cannot Pour from an Empty Cup

Reflection By Scott Stoner

We pause again here to look back and integrate what we have learned during the past week. Mildred Reyes introduced our theme and practice for the week when she wrote about the importance of making time and space in our lives for practicing self-acceptance and forgiveness toward ourselves.

A core thought found throughout our Living Compass wellness programs is that “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” When we fail to practice regular self-care and renewal, our spiritual and emotional cups soon become empty, and we have little to share with others. This is true when it comes to forgiveness, as well. We will find it hard to offer forgiveness and acceptance to others if we are not regularly practicing forgiveness and acceptance toward ourselves.

The quote from Desmond and Mpho Tutu is a perfect summary of what we have been reflecting upon this week. Read it again slowly, and then reflect on what it says to you in the “Making It Personal” section below.

Making It Personal: As you reread the quote, what stands out for you? As you think back over the reflections for this week, as well as your own notes, what thoughts and feelings were most important to you? What do you think about having a conversation with someone about what you are learning? Is there something you have done, or some action that you want to take, as a result of what you are learning?

Follow along with us on our retreat with our daily reflection and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Creator of Living Compass Wellness Initiative, The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan, Chair of the Commission on Spirituality, Ms. Kathy Graham, Coordinator of Lifelong Christian Formation and The Rev. Kelley Hudlow, Coordinator of Communications.

In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.