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Just The Way You Are

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A colleague of mine shared this story in their personal blog yesterday and I thought I'd pass it on to you

A waterbearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end 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 mistress's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to her master's house.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream: "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

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

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your mistress's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in her compassion she said, "As we return to the mistress's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.

But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?

“That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.

“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my mistress's table. Without you being just the way you are, she would not have this beauty to grace her house."

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.

But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. We've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

There's a lot of good out there.

By Sacinandana Swami

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SENSORYFOODIE 3/24/2014 6:17AM

    Yes, Thank you, John. I am in my third week now and I have had a message from you each week, but only now realizing what they are and getting around to reading them (so much to learn!). This was a beautiful story. Our flaws are all uniquely used. I needed to hear this too. Have a wonderful day, John.

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MARCYNA 3/23/2014 9:50AM

    Thanks John, I feel so flawed but it's high time I start to feel grateful for my flaws. They make us all unique!
Love,
M.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/21/2014 8:16AM

    I used to believe that God, in his perfection, narrowed life down to a certain set of rules with which we were left to try to obey, and in our imperfection, we stood outside of Him, guarded and shameful and lacking.

I have since amended my thoughts on the subject.

Anything that feels like love IS love.

Anything that feel like hate, sadness, guilt, disgust, intolerance, blame or recrimination, is NOT love.

The pot’s guilt and sadness came from the PEOPLE around him and their judgement of him. If the pot had understood that God IS love from the beginning and if he had allowed himself to FEEL that love that flows from God to all of his creations, all of time, even to our "imperfections", the pot would never have had any issues with his “imperfections”.

But then, we would have missed out on a great story....

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Thanks for the great story John!

Let’s feel the love people!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 3/21/2014 7:24AM

    Thanks John!

Happy Spring my fellow crackpots emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/21/2014 7:15AM

    What a lovely story, with a keen moral. thank you.

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WISLNDR 3/21/2014 6:14AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I went to the Sacinandana Swami website and read some of the other stories; what treasures!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/21/2014 3:09AM

    Brilliant....a very timely reminder...thankyou John.....you always post the right thing at the right time....I so appreciate your blogs....

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NASFKAB 3/21/2014 2:09AM

  lovely story John thanks for posting

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TIGER_LILY_613 3/21/2014 1:17AM

    Loved this. Thank you, John !

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KOHINOOR2 3/20/2014 10:08PM

    Great story with a very powerful lesson. emoticon emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 3/20/2014 9:56PM

    great story for the first day of spring!
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SANDRALEET 3/20/2014 7:34PM

    So true

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AJDOVER1 3/20/2014 7:28PM

    emoticon Thanks, John. happy Spring!

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CATLADY52 3/20/2014 5:20PM

    Often the flaws can be more important than perfection. Thanks for reminding us of that. emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 3/20/2014 2:37PM

  What a great message-- Thanks, John!
Dealing with our flaws, our mistakes, and our shortcomings-- often gives us empathy and compassion for others.

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TALEENA 3/20/2014 12:25PM

    Thanks for the reminder we all have flaws. emoticon

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PRESBESS 3/20/2014 12:13PM

    Great blog! We are indeed all a work in progress.
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REGILIEH 3/20/2014 12:06PM

    LOVED IT!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/20/2014 10:58AM

    Loved the story!!

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46SHADOW 3/20/2014 10:26AM

    Thanks!


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TRISTAROSE 3/20/2014 10:15AM

    Beautiful Story! Thank you for sharing ...

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SCHNEBL 3/20/2014 9:59AM

    Fabulous story. :) A reminder to all of us.

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AKATHLEEN54 3/20/2014 9:35AM

    That was really beautiful. I've been feeling like a failure lately because I feel like I haven't been "delivering" 100%. Thanks so much for that uplifing story. It is difficult sometimes to look at ourselves and others who we feel are not living up to their full potential. Each of us in our own way gives back whether we realize it or not. emoticon emoticon

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