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The Water Bearer

July 18, 2008
The Water Bearer
A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walkfrom the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer only delivering one and a half pots full of water to his house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was only able to accomplish half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.  "I am ashamed of myself, and because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."  The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were always flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?  That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not have been this beauty to grace the house."
Moral:  Each of us has our own unique flaws.  We’re all cracked pots.
But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.
Blessings to all my crackpot friends!
(Sent to me by my friend Jo, when I was feeling just like that cracked pot!)
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Princess permalink
    July 18, 2008 1:43 pm

    Yo Sandi! Aaaaaw thank u 4 sharing that, that woz lovely. Hope u have a Great resta Friday, Luv PF XXX

  2. Pamela permalink
    July 18, 2008 5:55 pm

    So true. I really like that Sandi
    xx ~Pamela~  (also a cracked pot)

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