The human soul
needs actual beauty
more than bread. 2
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots,
each hung on the ends of a pole
that 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 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?
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.
I asked God to give me happiness.
"No. I give you blessings.
Happiness is up to you." 3
You've just got to take each person
for what they are
and look for the good in them. 1
And do not forget to do this with yourself.
It is so easy to focus only on your faults,
and totally lose sight of
the many good qualities
you also have.
Accept your own remarkable goodness:
there is much to acknowledge. 4
May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star. 5
Give permission to your remarkable self, please,
to let your day be a great one,
and remember to smell the flowers
on your side of the path
as you walk your walk of life. 6
and please remember. . .
that if you always do,
what you’ve always done . . .
You always get,
what you always got . . .
You don't have a soul.
You are a Soul.
You have a body. 7
Remember that too, please . . .
always . . .
 -Cracked Pots ~Unknown
 ~Friedrich Nietzsche
 ~D.H. Lawrence
[4 & 6] ~Klaas+
 ~Irish Blessing
 ~C.S. Lewis
Based on a contribution from Donna Lee Sweeny
MorningStar Inspiration from
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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."
Cracked Pots: a story about beauty