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December 20, 2003, 07:02:08 AM
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I brought back this story because it teaches a nice lesson ;}


The Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole he carried across his 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 bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for the task for which it was created, but the poor cracked pot was 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 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. I have been able to deliver only half my load because
this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your 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 replied, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path. Do you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot's side? That is because I have always known about your flaw. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream you have watered 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."

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots but it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Take each person for what he/she is and look for the good in them. There is a lot of good out there. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life! Or, as I like to think of it, if it hadn't been for the cracked pots in my life it would have been prettyboring and life certainly couldn't have been very interesting . . .

Thank you, all my cracked pot friends. You know who you are!
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December 20, 2003, 04:02:08 PM
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well, i guess i'm one of the crackpots :p
anway, that was a good story. thanks for posting it Kalee
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December 20, 2003, 05:34:27 PM
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nice story, Lady. i need to tell justin that one

December 21, 2003, 12:50:51 AM
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It's always a good thing to hear a story like this. It gives you a chance to stop and reflect on life, not just as actions and events, but to see the beauty in connections and relationships, even in yourself. Some  that you would otherwise ignore or be unaware of, like the cracked pot.
Just by listening with your eyes
you can fold back on yourself and
merge into that primal
stream of awareness
like a river is swallowed by the
immensity of the ocean.
Only then will you know
the point to live from.

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December 21, 2003, 08:37:19 AM
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its the so called crcked pots that make this world what it is, the regular pot didnt do much besides its job. the cracked one brought some beauty in this world. thank you to all the crcked pots out there.
All words typed above are my own thoughts and or opinions, no offence intended

December 22, 2003, 11:14:16 AM
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Interesting story... I suppose it is those who are imperfect, so to speak, that create the improvement. Almost paradoxical in a way, yet not.

I guess the only intelligent thing I can say is if we were all perfect life wouldn't be much fun now would it.

And hence there is the dancing pink elephant...lol
Be your own light, your own refuge. Believe only that which you test for yourself. Do not accept authority merely because it comes from a great man, or is written in a sacred book, for truth is different for each man and woman." -- Buddha

December 24, 2003, 03:37:45 PM
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Such is the truth of life. That was a really spiffy story.

December 25, 2003, 05:08:40 AM
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I think it is a story a lot of people nowadays need to read...again it is an excellent story proving that a flaw can lead to a certain strength and overall development...

December 28, 2003, 09:51:58 AM
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I think it is a story a lot of people nowadays need to read...again it is an excellent story proving that a flaw can lead to a certain strength and overall development...
 Very good Point :elephant:
Question, what is a flaw and why do you think it is one?
We judge ourselves, and not rightly.  The uniqueness of our lives and challenges are perfectly designed.  Accepting yourself is an important life task.
Cheers of Blear to all the cracked pots of Veritas & the world :p
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"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams."   -Mary Ellen Kelly

December 28, 2003, 10:37:59 AM
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I find that being a cracked pot. LOL is what i am and what i was meant to be. I just find it sad when people see only my cracks and therefore think i am less than they are. my cracks have gotten me where i am in life and i am proud to say they i posses many cracks.  Judgement from the non cracked pots is a sad hypocritical think. the non cracked pots cant just seem to see their cracks were others can see them plainly right in front of our eyes. Their is no perfect pot and anyone who think that their may is blind to the water seeping out the side of them. What do they think that is that makes them a perfect pot. Wrong judgement of what they no nothing about. They are the true cracked pots thay bring a bad name to the regular cracked pots like us!!!!!1
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December 29, 2003, 06:16:58 AM
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I find that being a cracked pot. LOL is what i am and what i was meant to be. I just find it sad when people see only my cracks and therefore think i am less than they are. my cracks have gotten me where i am in life and i am proud to say they i posses many cracks.  Judgement from the non cracked pots is a sad hypocritical think. the non cracked pots cant just seem to see their cracks were others can see them plainly right in front of our eyes. Their is no perfect pot and anyone who think that their may is blind to the water seeping out the side of them. What do they think that is that makes them a perfect pot. Wrong judgement of what they no nothing about. They are the true cracked pots thay bring a bad name to the regular cracked pots like us!!!!!1

I totally agree...and it reminds me of a quote on my wall
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when one looks for faults, use a mirror, not a telescope

At an early age, I myself realized I was a cracked pot...something different about me...something I didn't discover until my martial training and my spiritual development. And I discovered that many people are considered cracked pots...
and you know...realized something
cracked pots, like tomatoes are very philosophical...

January 02, 2004, 04:10:31 AM
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Hehe....I was told this very same story as a child. Really brings back memories... :)
And I don't know about others, but IMO, "flaws" tend to make a person more likeable and attractive, eh?  ;)

January 02, 2004, 04:37:01 AM
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I don't know about attractive nor likable, but many I know are very insightful and philosophical...very smart
however
good question kalee. what is a flaw? In our society, we take too much time in perfection. For example, perfect figure, perfect grades, perfect typing, perfect human. It really appears as though we are steered into a false since of pseudo perfection. A flaw is something that you know is wrong, and acknowledge that there is something wrong, however you try to live with the problem. I mean honestly, I cannot put a flaw into words...some flaws are physical, some are spiritual...However I just don't know...