A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on
the end of a pole which he carried across his 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 walk from the stream to the house,
the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years
this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a
half pots full of water to his house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its
accomplishments, perfect for which it was made.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own
imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish
only half of what it had been made to do.
After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it
broke it's silence and spoke to the water bearer one day by
"I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side
causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were
flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other
pot's side? That's because I have always known about your
crack, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
and every day while we walk back, you've watered them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful
flowers to decorate my family's table. Without you being
just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to
grace our home."
Moral: We really ARE all cracked pots in our own ways.
Each of us has our own unique flaws.
But it's the "cracks and flaws" that we all 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.
Blessings to all my crackpot friends.