Elderly Chinese woman with two large pots.

April 3, 2007

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 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 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. 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.

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have
a great day and remember to smell the
flowers on your side of the path!

God can turn your weakness into strengths!

Taken from fionna’s bulletin board (friendster)


  1. Something to remind us that there is a good side in every flaw we have, what a good cheer up message =) touching too .. well its how i feel .lol

  2. indeed…

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