Saturday, April 10, 2010

Are You a Cracked Pot?

I received this in an email and thought it was the perfect story to show that we are all special in our own way :)

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


  1. That is so beautiful. thank you for sharing it because it is just what I needed to hear this morning.

  2. I knew right from the beginning of the story that I was too a cracked pot. And so happy to be one! The perfect + the imperfect is what makes it work. :-)
    Thanks so much for the story.

  3. This is a great story, and I've always loved them from the first time I heard it!

    We all have our flaws, we just have to make the best out of them!

  4. What a great story. It's been quite some time since I've heard this one and it's a good reminder. We all have our cracks and imperfections.

  5. This is one of my favorite stories! Thank you for posting it!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  6. Hi Audrey,

    I loved your "cracked pot" story; and the picture of the flowers was beautiful. Thank you for sharing. By the way, you once asked me if I would be interested in trading with you. Of course! Let's convo via Etsy about it.

    Take care, Friend. ~~~ Karen

  7. Wonderful story!!! Thanks Audrey!

  8. Thank you for sharing that was so beautiful...We are all flawed in some way but hopefully we make it work for us...And what we see as Flaws others may see it differently...


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