Inspiration: The story of
the cracked Pot
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An elderly 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 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 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 2 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
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.