Friday, July 20, 2007

The Cracked Pot

Off late except for one or two, I have not been able to comment on any of your blogs. You could have judged that since I haven’t replied to your valued opinions on my blog as well, which I religiously do. Work and travel are keeping me busy and these short trips always keep me on my toes.
Nothing to grouse about, let me share
a beautiful story with you. I call it 'Cracked Friendship' story. I’ll come back shortly. Till then Tchao, Bye bye, Au revoir. Have a blasting happy weekend !

A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which 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 two full years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. 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 bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only 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've 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??

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. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life.

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character. Accept people as they are. Never expect anything, always try to give .. for, it is their wonderful friendship you are getting in return.

Current song- Khushboo Jaise Log Mile Afsaane Mein – Ghulam Ali

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26 comments:

Aditi said...

that is a beautiful story.. thank u for sharing it..

maverick said...

As they say its better to be busy like hell than having nothing to do. so go ahead with ur work, will catch ya later

Bendtherulz said...

Have heard of this story and the message it gives is quite encouraging !!
Tk care and c u when we c u ~

Iceman said...

So... I should be cool when ppl call me a crack pot?

Alok said...

:) yup ! got the messg.
continue the good work.

Leziblogger said...

Ek purana khat khola anjaane main!!

Lovely story and thanks for commenting on my blog in the midst of your hectic schedule!

Kalyan said...

Ans sometimes we can also use our flaws as our strengths, isn't it!
Nice story & the post...stay well!

Sigma said...

Beautiful story. Have come across it before, but it was nice to read it again.

Sam said...

this is wonderful a story... thnx for such a beautiful reminder as to why we actually tend to be too much in favor of some!!

The Black King said...

Yes, but we must take care that we shouldn't give up the effort to take care of our flaws, otherwise it becomes an excuse for remaining flawed all through life.

Nice story.

Craver Vii said...

Thanks for sharing that story. It warms the heart of this "cracked pot."

Priyank said...

Have fun with your work! Crazy week ahead for me too.

PS: I've tagged you!

Peter said...

A very nice story! I really appreciate you blog; it's so varied - often some good surprises!!

Princess Banter said...

Indeed we are all cracked pots that's why we never should make fun of others for their cracks. And agreeably, it is these cracks that make us special and unique. BTW, that is the sweetest photo I've ever seen!

david mcmahon said...

Hi Cuckoo,

My kids and I are extremly close and we talk constantly, rather than just existing side by side under the same roof. And they always remember me telling them this story ...

Great post

Cheers

David

Ash said...

Beautiful!
Have a great weekend!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Yes, a dear friend of mine sent this story on to me very recently, it is a beautiful tale, isn't it?

mathew said...

awesome story...i loved the last lines..!!!

GMG said...

Beautiful story! "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship..."
If travel is keeping you busy, we'll miss you; but I'll be jealous...

Catmoves said...

Take care in your travels and remember to stop and smell the flowers. They were watered for you.
Signed: Cracked Pot.

Keshi said...

nice one as usual Cuckoo. TOUCHING.

Keshi.

Abhijit said...

lovely story, Cuckoo! Picture of those to kittens is tooooo cute! U clicked??

ashes said...

Nice post. Nicer is the message conveyed.

Looks like you are real busy. Not even replying to comments on your post.

Ranjeet said...

Nice Post, lovely message!

claytonia vices said...

lovely story :)

bachodi said...

Hey .. happy friendship day