We are all Cracked Pots

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 in 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 could 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 master’s 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 wildflowers 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 it
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 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’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’re all cracked pots. 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.
There is a lot of good out there. There is a lot of good in you! Blessed are the
flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!

Madhu Bhaskaran

Mr. Madhu Bhaskaran is a very famous HRD trainer and Personal Coach in Kerala , South India. Through his 24 years' experience in the capacity building training, he created the spark in more than one lakh people.

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