Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Many of you have probably already read this. I read it for the first time about a year ago and really liked it. My grandmother just recently sent it to me and I thought I would share for those who have not already seen it. Enjoy!!

           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
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
rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look
for the good in them.

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



OH MY #6 said...

Beautiful just beautiful.


Debbie said...

Wow I Love this!!!


The Byrd Family said...

It is very beautiful...I love all the flowers!

mommy24treasures said...

I have read it once but it was long ago. Thank you for the reminder:)

missy said...

I love this story. My dear co-worker shared it with me my first year of teaching when I felt like I wasn't doing an adequate enough job.

It's so uplifting. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

I just love that!! My father had s=emailed it to me before but I should frame it!! Thank so much for making a lovely post out of it!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

I LOVE it..
That is sooo beautiful..
Thank you for sharing..
Have a Great Evening..

Tiffany said...

I haven't seen that story in a while and I love it! Thank you for sharing it! So beautiful and so true!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

How beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes. I have to admit though, I read the title wrong and thought I was going to get a new CROCK pot recipe! :)


JShannon said...

Beautiful, I've never seen that one before.

Sheri said...

This is a great story -- thanks for sharing it.

Steffie B. said...

Simply beautiful! ;) Thank you for bringing a smile to my face! ;)

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