the Cracked Pot  

rm_lovelyLady 64F
552 posts
7/2/2005 12:42 am
the Cracked Pot

The Tale of the Cracked Pot

A water bearer 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 pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only 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 able to accomplish only 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 I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were 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 be 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.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!

Nobody's perfect, but our imperfections make us interesting.

KentGent95 54M
13 posts
7/5/2005 2:13 am

A great story. One to remember. I am at a time in my life where I am assessing my own flaws. I think I need to look for the flowers....


rm_lovelyLady 64F
434 posts
7/7/2005 8:12 am

Glad you got a chance to see this one. It makes me smile to read things like this....

I like to imagine that this might make others feel better about themselves.

We are all special, in our own way. And how great it would be to be appreciated and accepted - even with our flaws, how ever we may conceive them to be....... How ever others may conceive them to be.....

You are welcome...

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