A sweet friend of mine forwarded the following to me and I wanted to share with all of you. My friends. We all need a reminder every now and then that not everything is perfect nor would we want it to be. How else would we learn and grow?
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 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 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." Remember that each
of us has our own unique flaw which also has its own
blessings. It's the cracks and flaws we each have that
make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
I love you all, cracks or not.