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Life Lessons from a Tea Pot


Life Lessons From A Tea Pot


This tea set gets a lot of love at my office.  It’s decor in the receptionist’s room.  You can see it from the checkin and checkout desks.  I bought it several years ago to be an office decoration but I loved it so much that I kept it at home for two years before I brought it to the office.  It’s an actual useable tea set that I’ve used many times.


Take a good look at it.  First of all, the tree design just speaks to my heart.  (Note: my practice logo is a stylized tree of life design.)  It’s whimsical.  It’s dainty.  It has a bell in the teapot that gently tinkles as the tea is poured.  It has multiple shades of green, teal, and yellow blended and running together.  It’s a bit wonky: the saucers don’t match perfectly, the cups lean a bit, the pot is a bit tipped back. 


The artist sold this as a second.  It wasn’t perfect.  She told me it warped in the kiln and she was so disappointed in it.  She sold it cheap, because she just wanted it out of her studio, because she didn’t want to look at it anymore.


What the artist saw as failure and disappointment and a mistake, is what I love about it.  It’s unique.  It’s one-of-a-kind.  The artist will never be able to replicate it.  The imperfections are what caught my attention (plus the tree design, obviously).  The imperfections are what make it special.


It’s the same way with life.  We want our mistakes, our failures, our disappointments to go away.  We don’t want to see them anymore.  We don’t want to think about them anymore.  Yet, those are the things that make us.  We become the people we are because of them.  They make us grow, stretch, realize what we really believe is true, and hopefully become better people.


So let’s celebrate who we are, because our mistakes, our failures, our disappointments are part of who we are.  And they help make us unique, one-of-a-kind, impossible to replicate, and special.  It’s how we live well and live abundantly.

Posted by Karole Beck at 3/25/2021 12:50:00 AM
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