An elderly woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her shoulders. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other 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 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 for.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack on my side cause water to leak out all the way back to your house daily’ The old woman smiled and said, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other side?’
‘That’s because I always knew about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walked back, you watered them.’
For two years I picked these beautiful flowers to decorate the table at home. 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 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 cracked pot sisters, brothers and friends, have a great time and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
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