Jeanne's Bliss Blog

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cracked Pots

I love everything from Asia especially if it is from Justin and Ahram

This was a gift from my Son some years back

Cracked Pots

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 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

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 friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Justin and Ahram's wedding video


At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a lovely story.

At 4:17 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...


At 7:19 AM, Blogger Marilyn said...

There is a group of garden artists here in Portland called Cracked Pots.


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