Just a FUN, Fun story to share, with lots of meaning :))

The Cracked Pot

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 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.”

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaw. 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.

To all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers.

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The Cracked Pot
Taken from an email forward

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  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 5 years ago

    That is so sweet Carolyn …thanks for sharing :))

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 5 years ago

    This is wonderful…..a lot of meaning. Thanks for sharing, Carolyn~Lynn

  • bicyclegirl
    bicyclegirlalmost 5 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it Carolyn dear heart…. what a perfect tale and very wise words to live by :D
    Now I have a good excuse for being cracked…. I’m watering flowers somewhere Lol!!

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, I just LOVE this, Carolyn! It says a lot about how we accept each other, flaws and all! Thanks for this!

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 5 years ago

    This is wonderful, Carolyn! I’ve got LOTS of cracks, so this is very encouraging, my friend!

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundealmost 5 years ago

    Great story Carolyn, thanks for sharing :)

  • FranEvans
    FranEvansalmost 5 years ago

    Such a meaningful piece of writing!!!

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 5 years ago
    Lovely wise words and so true!!!
  • Debbie Groff
    Debbie Groffalmost 5 years ago

    That’s a cute story Carolyn. Reminds me of my age and trying to keep up with the young ones..I know I can do what they do…just takes me a little longer:)

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 5 years ago

    I had heard this one, thanks for reminding me.

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