This world needs crackpots

Thank you most humbly, His Girl Friday, for posting this. It’s great to see your collection of quiet wisdom back in full flow.

A 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.chinesewatercarrier
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.

Do drop in to see His Girl Friday. She’s always got the kettle on for highway stragglers.


11 comments on “This world needs crackpots

  1. cate says:

    Oh, that’s great.

  2. Suzie says:

    This was wonderful. I am going to use as well.

  3. Elbog says:

    I’m gratified to read that it takes some of us to ‘go to seed’ for this whole thing to work. I have a place, too!
    (Hope the joke makes the journey).

  4. NAN P. says:

    I was emailed that story but a colleague a few months after Cathal was born, and it made me cry… with relief!

    Nice one!

  5. Hi Nick,

    Lá na nAthar faoi shona dhuit!

  6. lisadom says:

    Conformity is bland. diversity rules!

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