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
it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full
water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the House,
pot arrived only half full.
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,
pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made.
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
two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke
the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself,
want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half
because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way
your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work,
you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.
bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers
on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's
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.
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
this beauty to grace the house.
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
very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person
what they are, and look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible,
they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all
different people in your life.