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FWD: cracked pots have value

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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 13:57:50 -0800

> A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end
> of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a
> crack in it, and 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
> master's 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 full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect
> pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end 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 two years of what it
> perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the
> stream.
> "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."
> "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"
> "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 out 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 masters house, I want you
> to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
> Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of
> the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path,
> and this cheered it some. 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 your path, but not on the other pots 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've watered them. For two 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."
> Each of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. But
> if we will allow it, our flaws can grace the table. In the great
> economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your
> flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty.
> Know that in our weakness we find our strength.
Jeanne-Marie Fritts
Executive Director