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The Cracked Pot

Today, I decided to share an inspiring story I read recently that moved me. 

A woman had two beautiful pots, one hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck. She used them to bring water from the stream to her home every day. 

One day, one of the pots fell and got a crack in it. The woman kept using it and she didn’t mind that by the time she got home, the cracked pot arrived only half full. 

However, the cracked pot felt 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, the pot said to the woman: “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?”, asked the woman. 

“Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you only get half of the water I am supposed to hold,” the pot said.

The woman smiled. “Take a look at the path we walk on our way home. There are flowers only on your side and not on the other pot’s side. The water that leaks through your crack waters these beautiful flowers every day. You help me bring water home but you also create beauty that I am able to enjoy during the long walk. No other pot can do that.”

Things that seem like imperfections can be our strongest advantages. 


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  1. I have heard this parable before although it is sometimes buckets. Sometimes it is a long trip uphill. Sometimes it is corn or fruit trees that grow along the trail.

    It is a beautiful tale!

    now, the title made me think based on the rebel in your, that you were going to announce the Crackpot challenge!

    • Thanks for reading! That’s true, every story has many different versions but the important thing is the message it carries.

      I must have published it under “challenges” out of habit, but now I am thinking what the Crackpot challenge could be. I am not much of an influencer when it comes to challenges though, haha.

  2. The cracked pot was not a wisecracker either, but served a purpose, even as it was cracked.

    Our weaknesses can be seen as strengths too, if we have the eye to see behind the cracks, I guess.


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