Monday, July 14, 2008

Cracked pots ....

I just read this on Heather's blog. Brilliant! Had to share:

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 water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

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!

(Just another reminder to embrace imperfection ... thanks, Heather. I needed it!)


Raquel said...

I love that. I have learned to embrace my imperfections. Have a great day!!

Midnite Scrapper said...

Ah...thanks Lee. I really needed to read that this morning. My kids have been restless and I don't feel like everything is as it should be...I was starting to feel pretty down. Even though I know I shouldn't. This story was an eye-opener though. Loved it. I will watch for the flowers along my trail now.

Lee said...

I was so inspired when I read it. Glad I could pass it along!

Donna said...

A very timely reminder for me too. Thanks Lee!