>The Two Pots…and More Life Lessons.

>     I often need a reminder to be more kind to myself. Ok, more than often! I am, according to my husband, more than a little harsh with myself most of the time. I beat myself up a lot, hold myself to extremely high (sometimes unattainable) standards, and am pretty much my Own Worst Enemy. Aren’t we all a little like this? I hope I’m not the only one…but then again, I hope no one else’s own-worst-enemy is as harsh as mine, either.  Because of this, I really seek encouraging, supportive things out. Whether they be friends, websites, books, art, or the like. Well, fellow blogger Fifi Flowers posted the best story the other day, and it was just the reminder I needed. I am always amazed at where and when the universe places these little bits of sunshine in my life.  I was just reading through a few blogs I follow, and there it was, just what I needed…just when I needed it. I had to share it with you! I couldn’t find a place on her post to comment, so I’ll thank her here for posting this story. Thanks Fifi!

The Two Pots
a story

     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 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, and don’t be afraid of your cracks.

     It’s OK. I can admit… I cried a little when I finished reading it, too. How beautiful; the little cracked pot was making the world beautiful and didn’t even realize it! This made me stop and think how grateful I am for the people in my life that accept me, cracks and all. It reminds me to be that sort of friend to myself. I hope I am making a difference, just like the little flawed pot. Make sure you slow down and notice the world around you today. Tomorrow too, because one day, you will realize the little things in life we try to squeeze into our busy schedules are really the big things!  

2 thoughts on “>The Two Pots…and More Life Lessons.

  1. >AW! Thanks Monique! It's pretty hard being positive sometimes…but it makes me feel better when I find little stories like that šŸ™‚ I love your posts and pictures too, and I'm super glad we are cyber-buddies too!

  2. >That's a really awesome story, thanks for sharing it! You are always so bright and positive, I always look forward to your comments and posts and pics. I like that you seek those things out in your life. Too many people just bump along allowing things to happen to them rather than making decisions about the things they choose to surround themselves with. I appreciate you seeking out positivity and sharing it and am glad to have you as a cyber-buddy!

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