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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Cracked Pot

Here's some good old Chinese wisdom 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.

Embrace the flaws and imperfections in ourselves and others. Perhaps the very things you perceive as faults in yourself and others are precisely the things that make us special and useful to the world.
So, to all of my cracked pot pallies, I love you just the way you are. Have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!


  1. What a lovely post; it's certainly lifted my spirits today.

    CJ xx

  2. beautiful my friend!
    we may see the weaknesses in ourselves as flaws, but it is what makes us unique!
    enjoy your week :)

  3. Hi there! What a wonderful post. Following you from MBC.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This was a great post and so true!


  5. I love this story of the cracked posts. I used it in a banquet I spoke at. Somehow it's easier to speak to others than face our own flaws. But when we stop and view them through God's eyes -- we see the potential of the flaws.

  6. That is a great story, I think my nieces could learn from that.

    And Thank you for stopping by my blog, I love logging in to find comments :)

  7. SWEET story, Veronica. :) I think I am a "cracked pot pally"!

  8. I can't tell you how much I liked the story.
    thanks for sharing :)

  9. Love this! What a brilliant message! Lanise stoping by from SelfLove - A Community!