Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Of cracked pots and flawed abilities.....

I received an email today, and love to share the content of this email with readers of this blog :

A man carried two large pots on the opposite ends of a long pole across his back. Unfortunately, one of the pots developed a small crack. While the other pot was perfect and consistently delivered a full portion of water after the long walk from the stream, the cracked pot leaked out, arriving only half full.

Working to capacity, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishment. But the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection. It felt miserable that it accomplished only half of what its colleague could.

After years of consistent failure, the cracked pot mustered up courage, and spoke to the water carrier. "I am ashamed of myself. I want to apologize to you." "Why?" asked the carrier. "I deliver only half my load because the crack in my side leaks. My flaw makes you work extra," said the pot.

Feeling sorry for the cracked pot, the water carrier wanted to pick up its spirits. "Watch the beautiful flowers on the roadside," he said.

The cracked pot noticed the beautiful flowers on the roadside, and it cheered it a bit. But at the end, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, so it again apologized to the carrier for its failure.

The carrier said to the pot, "Did you notice that the flowers were only on your side of your path, not on the other side? Knowing about your flaw, I planted seeds on your side of the path. You watered them very day as we walk back from the stream. Without you being just how you are, we could not have these beautiful flowers to grace the house."

Unlike those who are full of themselves, each of us has a flaw. We're all cracked pots. But it's our flaws that make our lives rewarding. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Let us appreciate each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

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