Monday, September 27, 2010

Internet Junkyard #11

Some of you, my dear readers have noticed that I skipped from the last Internet Junkyard (#10) all the way to #15 with #11, #12, #13, and #14. Well, now that I've completely noticed, here is the 11th one, and I will go in order from now on!

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 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.

So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember
to smell the flowers on your side of the path.
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