Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wise words ...

This story really spoke to me.  Sometimes I can get bogged down with fixing my special needs kids.  Although it is great to do everything to help them meet their full potential, I need to look more at all the gifts their uniqueness give us every day.

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 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 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.


  1. I'm going to use it in my lesson tonight at church! Thank you so very much for sharing it!

  2. What a great story! Thanks for blessing me with it today!



  3. just browsed your blog, I've heard this story before; but now I wrote it in my copybook, thanks for posting

    Lisa D.

  4. I love that story.