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> 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.


> To all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and

> remember to smell the

> flowers, on your side of the path

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Ginny, this is so beautiful and holds so very much truth! I think we can always find something good out of the very worst situation. I automatically compared the cracked pot to some people I know. I have a friend who is very judgemental, especially where people are concerned. I printed this little story out and gave it to her. I feel that there are many people, although flawed by most standards, that have so very many beautiful things to offer.

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