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The cracked pot


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The cracked pot

  1. 1. Here’s some goodHere’s some good old Chineseold Chinese wisdom!wisdom! Do not click.Do not click. Put on the soundPut on the sound
  2. 2. An elderlyAn elderly Chinese womanChinese woman had two largehad two large pots, each hungpots, each hung on the ends ofon the ends of a pole, whicha pole, which she carriedshe carried across heracross her neck.neck.
  3. 3. One of the potsOne of the pots had a crack in ithad a crack in it while the otherwhile the other pot was perfectpot was perfect and alwaysand always delivered a fulldelivered a full portion ofportion of water.water.
  4. 4. At the end ofAt the end of the long walkthe long walk from thefrom the stream to thestream to the house, thehouse, the cracked potcracked pot arrived onlyarrived only half full.half full.
  5. 5. For a full twoFor a full two years this wentyears this went on daily, with theon daily, with the woman bringingwoman bringing home only onehome only one and a half potsand a half pots of water.of water.
  6. 6. Of course, theOf course, the perfect pot wasperfect pot was proud of itsproud of its accomplishmentsaccomplishments
  7. 7. But the poorBut the poor cracked potcracked pot was ashamedwas ashamed of its ownof its own imperfection,imperfection, and miserableand miserable that it couldthat it could only do half ofonly do half of what it hadwhat it had been made tobeen made to
  8. 8. After 2 yearsAfter 2 years of what itof what it perceived toperceived to be bitterbe bitter failure, itfailure, it spoke to thespoke to the woman one daywoman one day by theby the
  9. 9. ““I am ashamedI am ashamed of myself,of myself, because thisbecause this crack in mycrack in my side causesside causes water towater to leak out allleak out all the way backthe way back to yourto your house.”house.”
  10. 10. The old womanThe old woman smiled, “Did yousmiled, “Did you notice thatnotice that there arethere are flowers on yourflowers on your side of theside of the path, but not onpath, but not on the other pot’sthe other pot’s side?side?
  11. 11. That’s because IThat’s because I have alwayshave always known about yourknown about your flaw, so I plantedflaw, so I planted flower seeds onflower seeds on your side of theyour side of the path, and everypath, and every day while weday while we walk back, youwalk back, you water them.”water them.”
  12. 12. ““For two years I have beenFor two years I have been able to pick these beautifulable to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate theflowers to decorate the table.”table.”
  13. 13. Without you being just the wayWithout you being just the way you are, there would not beyou are, there would not be this beauty to grace thethis beauty to grace the house.”house.”
  14. 14. Each of us has his own uniqueEach of us has his own unique flaw…flaw…
  15. 15. But it’s the cracks and flaws weBut it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our liveseach have that make our lives together so very interesting andtogether so very interesting and rewarding.rewarding.
  16. 16. You’ve just got to take eachYou’ve just got to take each person for what they areperson for what they are and look for the good inand look for the good in them.them.
  17. 17. To all of my crackpot friends, have aTo all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell thegreat day and remember to smell the flowers, on your side of the, on your side of the path.