As I am working my way through all my old files, deciding what to keep and what to shred in preparation for my move later this year, (got over 20 boxes packed already! LOL), I came across the following article from a local Denver newspaper I had saved several years ago. It was adapted from the InspirationPeak.com website. I think its a good article for self-reflection and just wanted to share it...
"A water bearer in India bore two large pots from the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked; the other had a crack in it. By the time the water bearer reached his master's house, the leaky pot was only half full - this went on for two and a half years."
"While the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, the cracked pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream."
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you", it said.
"Why?" asked the water bearer.
"I have been able, for these past two years to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts" the pot said.
"The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path".
"As they went up the hill, the cracked pot did notice the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure."
"The bearer said to the pot "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you have watered them. For 2 years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."
"We all have our flaws. It's important to acknowledge them and find strength in them" !
I love this!
Thanks for sharing this, Peg ~~ it's a good one! We've used this as a "group meditation" periodically throughout the years in our community, as a reminder that though we did not necessarily choose nor want (some of) these particular women to spend every day for the rest of our lives with, there IS value in even the "cracked pot" sitting next to me in chapel!
Good luck with your packing!!
Brought tears to my eyes, Peg.
It made me think of the old and disabled people I know. I love them anyway, flaws and all. This was a sweet reminder. Hopefully I will be loved too, despite my shortcomings. Thanks for posting. Love, C.
such a wonderful story OL :)
, I read it in my language or few weeks ago. In what you perceive to be your weakness often lies a hidden beauty.. is how I understood it. I also like Cher understanding of it .
Love , Lóa
Lura -- I just love your humor!!!
Cher-O -- You ARE loved, dear friend, never doubt it
Loa -- Yes it is a wonderful story. And the gift is the
unique understanding we each receive from it. Isn't
that just beautiful?
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