Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Flowers & Crackpot Friends


 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 thepath!

* Have a great day my friends!



memes121 said...

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yankeygr said...

That was just wonderful! Thanks for sharing that with us.
Love ya, Rhonda