Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Foibles into Fable

A water bearer in India had two large pots. Each hung on the end of a pole he carried across his neck.  One pot had a crack and lost water. The other pot always delivered a full portion of water at the end of his walk from the stream to the master's house.

The cracked pot arrived only half full.  For two years the bearer delivered only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house.  The perfect pot was proud but the poor cracked pot felt ashamed of its imperfection and miserable it could only accomplish half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of its bitter failure, the cracked pot spoke to the water bearer.  "I am ashamed and want to apologize to you."

"What are you ashamed of?" asked the water bearer.

"I have been able to deliver only half my load because the crack in my side causes water to escape. You do all this work and don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The bearer smiled as he said, "As we return to the master's house I want you to notice the flowers along the path."

The old cracked pot looked and noticed the wild flowers in rainbow colors on a side of the path.

The water bearer said, "Did you notice the flowers are only on your side not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known your flaw.  I took advantage of it and planted seeds."

He continued, "Every day while we walked back from the stream, you've watered the seeds.  For two years I have been able to place them on the master's table.  Without you he would not have this treasure to grace his house."

SMILE!  Cracks and flaws make our lives together so rewarding and different.  
Light shines through our cracks. Blessed are the flexible for they do not bend out of shape.

Creative Write:  Write about your foibles in a fable.

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