Thursday, 15 February 2007


Peter Bryenton posted the following in the comments section of one of my previous posts in the original Curate's Egg blog. It was too lovely to let languish there.

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 walk 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 2 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. 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.


  1. Nothing less than perfection.
    Buddha is smiling.

  2. Would that we could also acknowledge our own flaws even though no one else sees the worth of them. This is a lovely reminder to do just that.

  3. I still remember this. This is truly beautiful Lee.

  4. So that's why I have always preferred crackpots!

  5. Oh, i like this very much. Very beautiful way to begin a weekend :o)

  6. very true... I think that it is our character flaws that make us who we are... what we choose to do with those flaws is something totally different... its the lemon into lemonade thing.

    I once saw in a magazine where the took the most sought after features of celebraties and put them together to make 'the perfect woman' she was terribly boring! really!! There is something charming about imperfection... THank G-d!! lol

  7. I run when I see my reflection! Nothing else scares me as much!

  8. I remember this. It's truly beautifull, I saved it too now! Thanks for sharing and reminding us again.

  9. That is so lovely - I hope you don't mind me copying it and emailing it to my mum, I know she'll love it too

    BTW - Love avus' comment!!


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