Saturday, June 20, 2009

Half Full or Half Empty? The Story of the Cracked Pot

We took this right off Jacob's blog! He took it off His Girl Friday blog. Enjoy!
A 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 walks 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 two 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.’

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.


Cammie Heflin said...

I love it Lily, thanks for sharing! Glad I found your blog you appear to one lovely young lady!

stephanie said...

That was very nice, and something to always be remembered, thanks

Emily said...

I have never heard that story. Thanks for sharing. I love it!

Terri said...

This is my favorite poem ever:

Anthem by Leonard Cohen

Ring all the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything--

That's how the light gets in.

cecilia said...

I love it! thanks a lot. It was just what I need.

shay and nick* said...

hey pretty girl!! i love you!! your blog is the cutest!!