to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day
had this chinese proverb passed along to me in a “Chain emai” and instead of just forwarding and annoying ppl who may not care to read it – I’ll share here…
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 the path!
My take- I’ll try to look back at this story each time I am discouraged for some lacking in my knowledge or physical attributes – as sometimes what I may think is inferior others see as a strength………so many times we don’t appreciate the cards we’re dealt in life – it’s all about maxmizing the cards (resources) that we have been issued in life and using that to our advantage to succeed and prosper!
appreciate what you have- as other probably do and do not even tell you!