Submitted by Carl Coffee

I recently started a new job, in a small office, where four of us share a fridge. In that fridge is a Brita water filter pitcher. One of my coworkers complained the water tasted "dirty". It went on for a few days, and she was stunned I could drink the water without any trouble. I started to doubt my taste buds, but the water really tasted fine.

Finally, she figured out the problem was actually her cup. She simply forgot to clean it, and after awhile started to affect the water inside it. She cleaned her cup, and drank the water with no problem.

I can't help but look at this, and think about the world we live in. Too often we quickly blame other people, other things, anything else but ourselves. "You're racist". "You're intolerant". "You're the problem". The world isn't perfect, I know, but I think we should take a step back sometimes and ask ourselves some tough questions.

Can I be better? Is my heart really pure? Can I help this situation with kindness?

I want to tell you this; please clean your cup. Because when you do, the water will taste much better. I promise you this.

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Saravanan from Salem AUGUST 8, 2017
Very Nice!!!

Folasade from Kano, Nigeria MAY 11, 2017
This is really an interesting piece. It's true we are always quick to blame others on things that if we check well, we might be the cause of our own problems. Nice one.

Jam from San Francisco  MAY 2, 2017
Love this

Ajit from Bhadrak.Orissa APRIL 4, 2017
Very nice and inspiring. We should first clean our thought process and then comment.

Santoshkumar from Madurai FEBRUARY 16, 2017