Dear friend, Is there some imperfection/ inherent flaw in yourself that you secretly wish would just go away so that you could get on more smoothly with your life? Well, I used to always feel like there was this inconvenient crack(something different in me that made me feel like the odd one out/ the ugly duckling) in the vessel of my life.I was so ashamed of it that I would try to hide it with whatever I could – plaster / band-aid / glue, but no matter what I did, the crack would still be there…it would always remain… I was always focussed on trying to get rid of that crack as I naively believed that then only I would be able to enjoy my life. Until one day, I realized how life was just slipping by and that I was fighting a losing battle because that vessel; crack and all was ME ! I needed to celebrate it for what it was and not allow that small crack to hold me back from being all that I could be. Who knows…..perhaps it maybe that little crack that turned out to be my biggest blessing after all!
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. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. So friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
Nugget of Life: Let us never be ashamed of that crack in us. It is what makes the ‘M’ in “Me” and the “U” in “You”. We are all made “with a crack” on purpose, allow goodness to flow through it and continue to be a blessing to those around!
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