Friday, January 25, 2008


Imperfections- --

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 spo
ke 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 h ave that make our lives toge ther 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 crackpot friends, have a great day and remember
to smell the flowers on your side of the path!