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A smile wrapped around some lovely wisdom. Saturday March 29, 2014

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!

Don't forget the Cracked Pot that sent it to you!!

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Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 6:39am

I really love your story here, I think imagery and analogy make for very good support. Thanks!

Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 7:14am

Thank you for reminding me about this beautiful story

Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 7:37am

Thanks for sharing this lovely story, it's really lifted my mood this morning xx

DawnCRitchie Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 8:38am

I knew this was your blog just by reading the title Lex. You are so very gifted and because of your cracked pot, you bless us all abundantly and make us feel 'blooming g' lovely, popping healing glue into our little cracked pots. Thank you. LOTS xxx

Richard Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 9:12am

Lex, thankyou for some Chinese wisdom.

Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 9:19am

Great reading ;) xxx have great day

Tere Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 9:26am

Thank you for reminding me of this story. I had read it when I was much younger and it didn't make much sense then. It does now. THANK YOU. I will be forwarding this to my son, hoping that he too follows this blog and starts taking the test daily. Thank you.

Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 10:15am

Thank you Lex for a lovely and uplifting post.

Jill Dobbie Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 11:47am

I really liked that story, very encouraging. thank you for sharing it :)

Mary Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 12:20pm

Lovely to see this post from you Lex (I have missed you comments for the last few days) and what an uplifting and warming story. As a pot that is almost completely cracked, I thank you for it!

Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 3:42pm

You're the best Lex. Thanks for being you.

Silvia A Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 4:20pm

Lovely tale for the weekend. : ) Thanks, Lex.

Anonymous Sat, Mar 29th 2014 @ 7:13pm

Thank you Lex. That story was really touching.It helps me to accept my own Cracked pot.

Julia Sun, Mar 30th 2014 @ 9:02am

So glad you gave us this story Lex. I was travelling yesterday and only just seen your blog. Love from one cracked pot to another.

Anonymous Sun, Mar 30th 2014 @ 11:19am

you have put a smile on my face which will last for a long time. Thank you

Lex McKee Sun, Mar 30th 2014 @ 1:37pm

Hi Dear Friends, I too have been off-line for a couple of days and have just logged on to see this feast of encouragement. As you will have realised, this is not my story but one that was passed on to me by a loving friend. I am SO glad that the simple act of passing it on to you in turn has been a blessing too.

I do love the fact that when you pass on someone else's idea - they don't lose it, you don't lose it, but the person who it is passed onto gains as well. That's a form of wealth I really appreciate.

Lex McKee Sun, Mar 30th 2014 @ 1:50pm

It is very special to be known SO well by a friend... Perhaps this is the meaning of life - to be known well, 'authentically' as the psychologists say, and still to be accepted. I appreciate that LOTS xxx

Lex McKee Sun, Mar 30th 2014 @ 1:52pm

Thank you Mary... when my friend sent this on to me I think it was the first time that I really began to look for and love my cracks! I love my cracked friends too... in fact they crack me up! x

Lex McKee Sun, Mar 30th 2014 @ 1:53pm

Oh Margaret... you've made me taller! Thank you. x

Anonymous Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 @ 4:43am

As per usual your writings have a meaning for me, but the Saturday 31 March, (which co-incidentally I did not read until today ) resonated and reverberated in my head. My 3 daughters have blessed me with 11 grand children and I was moved to tears when I considered what each of them have added to my life.

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