A vase isn’t just meant to be beautiful, it’s also meant to be useful. A vessel, after all, is a container, and like a vessel, we too are containers. The people around us are always pouring stuff into vessel, things like wisdom, love, forgiveness, healing, and joy. Unfortunately, sometimes ugly things are poured into us too: anger, stress, negativity, hopelessness, hate. We have to be careful what we allow others to put into us.
When we allow positive things into our vessels, we fill up with good stuff and in turn we have the opportunity to pour out that good stuff on to the people around us. We shouldn’t just hold on to the good stuff we’re given, otherwise what’s inside of us becomes stale and old and we become useless vessels. When we’re given something good, we need to pour it out on others. When we’re constantly giving and receiving and then giving again, are lives become fresh and meaningful.
We can’t be filled up unless we’re first poured out. I think this is so important for creative people. We can be so filled with creative ideas and yet feel like like there’s no place to pour out what’s inside. We feel useless and stagnant, depressed and unhappy. I think that’s why it’s so important for creatives to be able to express what’s inside of them.
I hear from a lot of people who have a desire to paint or do something artistic in their lives, but for one reason or another they haven’t been able to. They’re like vessels sitting up on a shelf collecting dust. If you’re one of those people, you weren’t meant to gather dust, you were meant for so much more. Start pouring, start receiving, and before long you’ll feel renewed and happy.