Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sometimes you find goodness in your email...Thanks Shirley!

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

"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate
the table.

Without your 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.

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


  1. Anonymous11:01 PM

    Ya just can't let it all get you down. Not that you're down. I know that you're not. Just freakin' busy! There's too much going on in our lives to sweat the small stuff. It will all work out. 3 weeks and everything will calm down again for a bit. And you really did look nice today! All purtied up!


  2. thanks...you have a great day too! T

  3. What a wonderful little story! I love that, and it is a good thing to remember.