Inspiring story

If this is not a fabulous story, then tell me what is !!

A Chinese Tale

A Water Bearer in China had two large pots, each hung

on the ends of a pole which he carried across his

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 bearer

delivering only one and a half pots of water to his


Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its

accomplishments, for which it was made. But the poor

cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and

miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of

what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what perceived to be bitter failure,

it spoke to the Water Bearer one day by the stream. “

I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side

causes to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The bearer said to the pot, “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.

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