The Story Of The Cracked Pot

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.
roots2life roots2life
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20 Responses May 10, 2012

:-) Indeed.

When you think you know everything... think again. Beautiful story. Thanks.

A long time ago I listened to a cassette(aging myself) that was titled "God Uses Cracked Pots"; one of my favorites to this day.<br />
Your wonderful allegory reminds me of the beauty, even necesssity of all of us cracked pots...<br />
thanks for the lift on this fine morning!<br />
there is joyinthejourney, clg

This is so beautifully written<br />
Thank you for sharing<br />
It is a good reminder of certain positives in our life.<br />
Well Done!

love this story!!

that show that imperfect has a purpose too....but sometimes you have to show them one is perfect that,s why we are who we are....

i have a crack in me

Yours needs a good filling ;-)

Careful mate, think twice before you plant any seeds there. Apologies to Martini, I just couldn't resist.

aaaaawwwwww........ that is such a beautiful heart touching story i loved it and that is so true.

This is what I need to think about today. Thanks for sharing this story.

I love this story shows how even a cracked pot can make a diffrent in the world we live in

I love this story, with its many meanings. The flowers growing on the roadside are the nicest symbol I can think of. I read this on the train in the morning, and it made my day.

I love you for posting this story.. I needed to read something just like this tonight. I think now, I'll be able to rest well. Thank you so much!

So very true!

Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it: this is the silver lining in the clouds I've been looking for. Many, many thanks for a truly awesome post ! :)

Yes, I've read this before too ... but it's a wonderful story ... thanks so much for sharing and for the timely reminder!

I have read this story before, but it is a lovely one, and one we should all carry with us and share. Not just for ourselves - we all meet people who feel worthless and inadequate, sometimes even in comparison with ourselves, which makes it harder to be reassuring. Last week I was looking round an arts centre for people with disabilities, and noticing how observant they had been, not least in self portraits, presented with their photos next to them. These were people who lacked inhibition to see things as they were and I came away feeling they were indeed specially abled.

I like it. It has always been my opinion that every person has a role even if they do not realize it at the time.

Love this story!! thanks so much for sharing!

Great Story!! :)

That's a really beautiful thought. I've never looked at something like that before, but my perceptions are now different after reading this story.