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Cracked Pots

Discussion in 'Faith and Religion' started by Minuteman, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    Not really Faith and Religion but I thought the message would go well here.

    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!

  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    NICE! ;)
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Thank you for sharing!
  4. RevJames

    RevJames Monkey+

    This is a great story. I've used this during a worship at a local nursing home. The folks really appreciated the notion that 'cracked pots' could still play an important role in the world.

    Thank you for posting the story....
  5. seeker

    seeker Monkey+

    Thank you minuteman for this great reminder
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