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The cracked watering 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 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.

So, to all of my CS cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to
smell the flowers on your side of the path!


yay yay wave wave

Comments (37)

Mimi1973
Ooohhhh Jim, thanks for sharing this....my late grandpa told me this story before when I was a teenager.... hug
Gentlejim
Hi Mimi.wave Thank you. A lot of simple wisdom in this blog!
wenever
gentlejim,, thank you for sharing this..very meaningful lesson in life for us all..
Gentlejim
You are welcome Wen. How is the Filipino situation?handshake
Zeurich
teddybear teddybear Hi gentle how is life thank you for sharing!
Gentlejim
Zeu, things are great on my end.yay How about you? How is life treating you?
Theresa4tgl
Hi Gemtiljim! wave that is beautiful handshake Thank you for sharingkiss
wallops1964
I love this story GJ and needed to read something like this right now. Thank you for sharing... It's a beautiful message hug
Zeurich
Life is treating me with apple pie with wip cream. yay yay made one by my self and shared through CS friends too.... going good Gentle still alive.hug
Gentlejim
Thank you Theresa.hug
Gentlejim
Thank you Wallops.hug I am glad it was timely for you.batting
Gentlejim
Zeu, I didn't get any.crying It must of gotten gobbled up before I could get any.crying
val53
Jim I know I'm that cracked pot, and I just love to water all the beautifull flowers here on the blogs. Thanx Jim, I needed that now!dancing dog dancing dog dancing dog
Mimi1973
yup Jim, I ate that last piece of the yummy Dutch apple pie! blushing grin
123butterflies
Jim yay a crack in my beer bottle sucks frustrated fuk loose half of it doh but do wanna say, Nice blog, good meaning, your a good person, but then again, we all are regardless of our flaws cheers

p.s. im really hung over today jim moping grrrrrrrr....BUT I STILL LOVE LIFE AND EVERYTHING ABOUT ME, DAMN RIGHTS yay

teddybear bouquet teddybear
Angelpepper
Gj: Well Alrighty Then. . .moping
Angelpepper
Butter: Your crack beer bottles! Drops the beer right into my glass.. . . . . beer
val53
Angelcrazy what will we do without you here?banana banana
wallops1964
Angel, you aren't going anywhere are you? Your the hub this wheel turns on you know crazy angel
Always a great day to share all your beautiful collection my friend Jim.

Thanks for this inspirational gem, a manner in which we have to be happy of who we are. Regardless of our flaws and imperfection, we do find them to be complimentary to others..

Love it and thanks again..
Angelpepper
Val: Well. . .moping . . . Walliop: Maybe! Just may be. Who knows! . . . . .moping
Gentlejim
So Val is a cracked pot.laugh You are a nice one though.hug
Gentlejim
So Mimi ate my piece of pie.crying Shame on you! scold laugh
val53
Ah jim, thank you,,,,,I am nice aint I???dancing dog dancing dog dancing dog
Gentlejim
Thanks Angel.hug
Gentlejim
Thank you Buttercup. That cracked bottle of beer may grow some hops for the future!rolling on the floor laughing You are nice also.hug
Mimi1973
Awwwwww......Jim comfort hug I'm sowee, I really am.... It was too good, I couldn't resist! Put the blame on Zeurich for making such yummy apple pie!! pointing
Gentlejim
Thanks Phyllishug You write some gems also!yay
Gentlejim
Val you are nice!comfort

Mimi, I will have to keep my eye on you the next time Zeu makes a pie. cool

Zeu, the next time save me a piece.thumbs up
Catfoot
Hi Jim
Another great story. Thanks!
cheers wave
1to1to1
wave Hello Gentlejimhandshake , Thanks for the very nice storyyay yay yay , that story carries such a big life lesson, Once again Thankscheers
Bajanshay
Hahaha Jim,
That is how some of my friends describe me...lol...crackpot! This was sent to me especially by a few of my friends.rolling on the floor laughing thanks for sharing! Hope all is well!hug
loulou77
jim
Good story and here is to cracked pots!!wine
chame1eon_again
That's a great analogy, Jim. thumbs up banana
devina21
laugh nice one jim.. great story.love it
Allia1
Thanks for lovely story. I must be a cracked pot, as everything around me is blooming at the moment. rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing
Gentlejim
I am sorry I wasn't here to respond to the last 6 comments or so. I want to thank everyone who participates by leaving comments.yay They are all positive which everyone likes. Maybe some of the bickering on the blogs is gone...I hope so! thumbs up

Once again, thanks to everyone!wave wave wave

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