Thursday, September 3, 2009

Crack Pot Friends

Today I got the sweetest poem or story from my friend JoAnn (yes, the one from Art Group that hasn't got a BLOG yet but, I keep telling her she should BLOG she would be great at it!). It just brought a smile to my face when I read it & I wanted to share it with all of you! My Blogging friends(all my friends) bring me such joy! JoAnn & I would like to share this story & hope it brings a smile to your heart too & feel free to copy it & pass it on. Hugs!

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 walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For 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 two 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!

9 comments:

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I've read that before...I love it! So true, isn't it!

Coastal Sisters said...

I have seen this before! I love it too :)

Hope you are doing well sweet one!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Charlene ~
Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet memory ~
I can't wait for art group !!
xoxo
Lori

The French Bear said...

How true!!! So nice to hear a positive story!!!!
I am slowly getting back from the "giveaway" it was a lot of work!!!! I loved it though, so many friends!
Have a happy Friday!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Terri said...

One of my favorites...great to read it again..have you read the one about the emperor chooseing who would take his place..by giving all the children a seed...

ain't for city gals said...

Nice post...always need to be reminded of this..

Bunny Missbrenner said...

I can't tell you how many times I've been called among other things, that I am a total "crack pot" and I always response with "thank you", as I take it as a compliment. The way I see it, the flaws are what make us unique.

tootles,
bunny

Christine said...

Yes, so true! It's nice to remember that flaws aren't always what they appear to be. Have a great weekend!
~Christine

starsfault said...

Oh Charlene ~ I LOVE the cracked pot story! I pray that I can always be a cracked pot and that I am able to encourage others to grow and blossom along my way too.

Thank you for sharing ~ Blessings, Eileen @ Star's Fault

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