THE TEA CUP
There was a couple who used to go to England to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. This was their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful teacup. They said, May we see that?
We've never seen one quite so beautiful. As the saleslady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke.
You don't understand, it said. I haven't always been a teacup.
There was a time when I was red and I was clay.
My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, let me alone, but he only smiled, Not yet.
Then I was placed on a spinning wheel, the teacup said, and suddenly I was spun around and around and around.
Stop it! I'm getting dizzy! I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, Not yet.
Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head, Not yet.
Finally, the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. There, that's better, I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. Stop it, stop it! I cried. He only nodded, Not yet.
Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate.
I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening, nodding his head saying, Not yet.
Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf. One hour later, he handed me a mirror and said, Look at yourself. And I did. I said, That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.
I want you to remember, then, he said, I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you'd have dried up.
I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I knew it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you in there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have had any color in your life. And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.
MORAL: your therapist that you must trust knows what He's doing. He is the Potter, and you are the clay.
WHERE AM I GOING?
It's comforting to hear that even Albert Einstein had a brain cramp now and then.
One time, for instance, he was taking a train to an out of town engagement. The conductor stopped by to punch his ticket, but the great scientist preoccupied with his work, explained that he couldn't find his ticket. Not in the coat pockets, not in the briefcase.
The conductor said, "We all know who you are, Dr. Einstein. I'm sure you bought ticket. Don't worry about it."
As the conductor moved along, he looked back to see Einstein on his hands and knees searching under the seats for his ticket. The conductor walked back, "Dr. Einstein, please, don't worry about it. I know who you are."
Exasperated, Einstein looked up and said, "I, too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going."
For those moments when you're not sure where you are going, remember that your therapist does.
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