Tuesday, July 14, 2009

For All My Crack Pot Friends!

An elderly Chinese woman had 2 pots that hung on either end of a pole that she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to her house, the cracked pot would arrive only half full.

For a full 2 years this went on, with the woman bringing home only 1 and 1/2 pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of it's accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it's imperfections, and miserable that it could only do half of what it was intended to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted some flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.

For 2 years I have been able to pick these flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw...

But it's the cracks and flaws that each of us have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You've just got to take each person for who they are and look for the good in them.

To all of my crack pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!


mamamuniz said...

I love that story {proverb?}...it has such a cute message about embracing our flaws. Love it!

H said...

Glad you appreciated it Lisa! I think it's important to embrace and appreciate the things that are different about each other.