The Cracked Pot

Do you ever look at yourself and only see how imperfect you are?  All your flaws staring back at you and laughing...

Beauty has become a strange concept in our world.  We are taught from a young age to fear imperfection and that being different is not OK.  There's so much to be said about that statement but today let me bring your attention to just one thing.  What we so often consider our ‘flaws’ can in fact hold the most wondrous of gifts if we only take the time to look…

The Story of the Cracked Pot

An elderly woman had two large pots; each hung on the ends of a pole that 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 walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot always 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 2 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 and it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Take each person for what they are and look for the gift they bring with them.  If you don't come in conventional packaging, how marvellous!