Cracked Pots

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Fran, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    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


    You've just got to take each person for what they are and look

    for the good in them.

    I thought this was a good way to look at our kids. Below was just a PS. :redface:

    So, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and

    remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

    And send this to any or all of your Cracked Pot

  2. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Thank you!! And I hope you have a great day, too!!
  3. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    I love this story!
  4. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    That's delightful. Thanks Fran.
  5. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Awwww... that's special! Thanks, Fran!
  6. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    I'm hoping what's leaking from difficult child's crack is growing something beautiful. LOL
  7. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Good story, Fran! Thanks for sharing...
  8. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    Fran, I love this allegory. Interestingly enough, when I read it I saw myself as the cracked pot, not Rob. I hope there are some flowers growing on my side of the road here and there.

  9. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    That's interesting Suz. I thought difficult child right off the bat.
    I'm sure there are beautiful things growing on your side.
  10. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    I think this is the true definition of friendship. We recognize and respect our own flaws and the flaws of our friends.

    Like the allegory says, it is our flaws that make us uniquely ourselves. The trick to friendship and love is finding people who celebrate (or at least respect) our flaws as well as our virtues...and we theirs.