Sunday, January 6, 2008

Subject: Cracked Pot


An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each
hung on the ends of a pole which 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 walks from the stream to the
house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the
woman bringing home only one and a half pots of

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own
imperfection, and miserable that it could only do
half of what it had been made to do.

After two 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 flower seeds on your side of the path,
and every day while we walk back, you water 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 be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. 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.

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

And send this to any or all of your Cracked Pot
friends within 5 minutes and see what happens! Don't
forget the Cracked Pot that sent it to you!