Cracked Pots

 

Dear  Fellow Journalers,

This is the last Perspective piece for the year from G. It was emailed to him from one of his closest friends.

Please read and send comments!

Thanks,

~Sallie

 

A water bearer in India 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 2 yrs 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.

 

Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!

 

Blessings to all my crackpot friends.

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