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Cracked Pots


A water bearer in China 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 two years 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. So 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. Blessed are the flexible, for
they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the
different people in your life.