Empty Cup

xx IMG_0451 bw redAn influential and very critical consultant came to inquire from the Chief about the amazing things his fire department was doing.  The consultant was constantly on the lecture circuit, telling others how to run their fire departments and second guessing the actions of leaders.

Even with a probie and other firefighters nearby, the Chief personally put a pot of coffee on for the consultant. He then poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring. The visiting consultant watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup”, the Chief said, “You are full of your own opinions and speculations.  How can I show you enlightenment unless you first empty your cup?”

  • Anthony Correia

    great perspective

  • ironwarrior76 .

    Any credit being given to Bruce Lee for this reference?

    • http://firehousezen.com Michael “Mick” Mayers

      Sorry for not seeing your comment. It predates Bruce Lee- it is a variation on a traditional zen story. But it is just a lesson and I don’t take credit for making it up, just rephrasing it to suit the demographic I am writing to. Thanks for that insight!

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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A year and a half ago, suicide made me a very young widow and left three baby girls without the daddy they loved terribly. This my friend, was beautifully stated, thank you!
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Michael "Mick" Mayers
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Thanks! I will add that!
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bobbyhalton
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Mick, well said and I would add the Firefighters Behavioral Alliance run by Jeff Dill who has done extensive work in the area with firefighters and Rosecrance Florian program and Dan DeGryse of CFD who can also provide assistance and help.
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If these words do not lead those reading it to action, then there is a comprehension issue.. Thanks Chief..
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