There is hardly any vacuum in nature. The solar system is made up of the sun and everything that orbits around it. Trees contain fruits, fruits contain seeds, and seeds contain life. Our heads contain two hemispheres of brain. We comprise of mind, spirit and body. One thing contains another.
A container retains its usefulness if it can hold whatever is kept in it. It should be able to accept, admit or accommodate a content; like water poured into a pot. It should be able to preserve its content, not spoiling, soiling, or contaminating it. Also very importantly, it should be able to give back what is kept in it when the content is needed: you expect your wallet to release the money it holds, and you expect a computer to produce your garbage-in on demand.
As a container, and with special focus on your mind, so much of your intellectual contents might need to be re-examined, re-edited, re-arranged, de-cluttered, or enriched. The quest for knowledge is one of the most important ways of enriching the contents of your mind. No matter what you do and who you are, you should make effort on reading, learning, knowing and understanding more of the world around you. Your pursuit should include travelling, visiting museums, talking to the experts, listening to the young, and taping from the experiences of the old.
The content of a container can be known through its label. A bottle of water and a bottle of acid are not labeled the same way. A doctor is a container that has medical knowledge as his content, even if he pretends to be an engineer. Trying to live in a way that is inconsistent with our true identity will create confusion, deception and disharmony. Identity is one of the most powerful ways to tap into our potentials: how we define ourselves and what we believe we should contain. However, if you carry no label or tag, nobody really knows what you are useful for, and anything can be forced into you. They will also not know how to respect you, how to add value to your content, or how to benefit from you.
Your content, in form of knowledge, education, and training determine how you behave, speak or present yourself. An ignorant person is often quickly recognized by the way he speaks or behaves. We should note that in real life, a book is often judged by its cover, and it is the way you dress that you shall be addressed. Nevertheless, a pot can be beautifully designed on the outside; it is the space inside that holds substance. Both in and out should harmoniously contribute to the container’s purpose and value.