Cracked Pot

padala ni G.V. galing sa lumang baul…



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 it’s 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.

Blessings to all my cracked pot friends.

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