Thursday, April 1

Cracked Pots

wow - 2 blog posts in one day from me... LOL

For all the differences between me and my mum, and how she drives me insane with the fact that anything I ever do is never good enough or I should have done it differently, for all my lack of self esteem and self doubt, Mum sent me the following in an email. I thought it was worth sharing. Make sure you share it with at least one person today.

I want to dedicate this to Julie. If there were ever a person who needs to take the message from this, (other than me) it's her. The world would be a much sadder place without everything she is and everything she brings to those around her. 

So, for my very special friend Julie...

Cracked Pots

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, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!


  1. You are more than welcome :) xx

  2. What a good idea to print it out. I think I might do that myself and add one of my flower photos to it and frame it :) Don't forget to read yours when you feel down x