Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Story of the Cracked Pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.   wednesday
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.wednesday 2For 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.
wednesday 1
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 on my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”wednesday 4
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. wednesday 5 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.”wednesday 6
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.wednesday 7 
I read this beautiful story at my friend Kristen’s blog.
Her business is named Blue Elephant Photography.
Isn’t that the coolest?wednesday 8 Sometimes I get tired of everyone using their name for their photography business. I love this girl because she took a risk with her business name. It was so nice of her to let me share this today. Go and Say hi. You will love her!kimmy No matter if you are a cracked pot or a perfect one, I think you are super pot and I am glad you come here. Thank you.

57 comments:

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

I think you're wonderful Beckie... love this story and your beautiful pictures!

Rachel said...

I have always loved that story!

And I hardly recognize that shorn pic of Kaish at the header! :)

Shey said...

I love this story, I heard it first at church and I loved it since then, I'm definitely a crack pot with many cracks that I don't ever want to forget I have because they are experiences that have made me change and learn and they help me keep humble. I love the picture of the women's hands they remind me of my abuelita's hands. =)

Caseybumpinalong said...

I love that story more everytime I hear it. Love your pics - especially the boy in the window. Great captures!

Caroline said...

I can't believe that I have never heard that story before! Oh that warmed my heart. On my way to check out that blog! Wonderful photos you share today Becky!!!

Mighty M said...

Awesome and inspiring, just like you!

Wanda said...

I truly love this story and each time I hear it, it brings new and deeper meaning.
Your photo add so much tot he story, and the Master Potter chooses what our vessel will look like.
Thanks Becky, you are a treasured "Pot"..... Love you.

Kristina P. said...

This is a beautiful sentiment!

Brian Miller said...

ah one of my fav stories and how tru...what a cute cocker in that last pic...

Tracy P. said...

Love. That story is a favorite. Those photos make it perfect. That first one...and then the cross-eyed one after it. I am smiling!

Jingle said...

sweet sentiments, passionate shots, he is super cute.

Bless you.

Roger Owen Green said...

great shots. and the lesson is - it's OK to be a crackpot.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Lani Harmon said...

I love this story. So glad I stopped by today.

Buckeroomama said...

I love this story... I could picture you sitting there with children gathered around your feet and draped over your shoulders (!), reading the story to them. =)

Marla said...

Wonderful story. :) Thank you for sharing.

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

myevil3yearold said...

I love that story!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Great story and I'm surely a cracked pot!

Tumblewords: said...

As usual, wonderful post! We are all Wabi Sabi, I think...exquisite photos.

lifebythecreek said...

That is one of my favorite stories ever. I definitely believe that God can make anything beautiful and can work anything to the good that we place in HIS hands. And the shot of that adorable little girl all cross-eyed looking at the chain is the best thing I've seen all day! LOVE it! LOVE you! And darn it... I was going to be Life by the Creek Photography, but all of the know-it-alls said to use your name so that people can google you easily. But I loved Life by the Creek Photography, and I love BLue Elephant Photography. I might just have to change back now..

Natasha said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post-thank you!

Best wishes always,
Natasha.

Wanda said...

Another inspiring story. I love all these images Becky - the first 2 just cracked me up. But the puppy!! Oh, how I love those ears.

(Do you know what I like to do. Put the inside of those ears up to my nose and inhale really deeply. It sort of goes up your nose, like rose petals. I crazy for that. Ok, and a little crazy too.)

Happy Wednesday friend!

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty and Interesting!


Please come and see my ABC Wednesday post, thanks!

GayleV said...

Loved that story and so glad that you shared! I have been reminded lately of how important it is to remember that we are all imperfect. It is ultimately those imperfections that have the ability to help us develop and grow and become--like those beautiful flowers.

Kayce said...

I just love this! The story is one we should read daily in our lives! That first black and white is adorable! :)

photowannabe said...

If you were here Becky, I would give you a big hug and smootch. You are the best cracked pot in blogdom. I know because you are so sweet and kind to this cracked pot!
Adore those photos too. Priceless.

Heidi said...

Really love this.

Jennifer Bowen said...

What a lovely post, Rebeckah! And your photos are fabulous, as always. I need to remind myself that somebody loves me no matter my flaws. We don't always need to strive for perfection, right?

Have a beautiful day, my friend! =)

Serline said...

Thanks for relaying the inspirational story. I'm surely a cracked pot, but where are the flowers? ;-P

R Montalban said...

Love that first picture :-)

Maddy said...

What a great story! You're right...we're all a cracked pot with our unique strengths and flaws. Now it's time to find those flowers :)

May said...

Yay!! I definitely am a cracked pot...:D Love your stories Becky!!!

Mel said...

Beautiful story and beautiful pictures! Especially love the dog pic.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love what you share everyday! It always speaks to me when I need to hear the right words!! Off to say Hi to your wonderful talented friend!

Love Letters To China said...

What a great story Becky! There are many days I feel like a cracked pot, after reading this I don't mind it so much. Love your photos today!

panamamama said...

I love that story!

brainella said...

Some of us are a little more cracked than others. :)

I love your pictures. They always make me smile.

kneesandpaws said...

Thank you for the great story today, I really needed to hear that one. I love the photos too, especially the little boy with his eyes drooping down between the railings. I'm also getting ready to mail your package but needed to have measurements for the knee pads. I tried to send an email but maybe that didn't go through. Please send me a message when you have a chance.

DawnS said...

Definitely cracked but I do hope that I am contributing to beautiful flowers along the way! Ohhh the puppy - so sweet!!

helenmac said...

Roger is so right -- being a crackpot has good in it! Thank you, I had never heard this Chinese story.
HelenMac, ABC Wednesday team

Dianne said...

I am a cracked pot and proud of it :)

I love how you capture faces - with all their character and love and joy

blue elephant photography said...

Thanks for the shout out Becky! I love the photos too =)

Maria Berg said...

Thank you for the story and for
" You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them."
I will write that on my facebook.

And you help me, I am on my way to give my company a name now I will not take my name but a different one, MB

Brooke said...

*big hugs* for all us cracked pots out there.

noreen said...

i've received this story through the work email all the time. it's really a thought-provoking words of wisdom. it makes you realize that nobody's perfect and despite we have those imperfections, there are people who will love and accept us for who were...

great photos as well!

Reader Wil said...

This is a very beautiful story and comforting too. I often feel like a cracked pot.

Skeller said...

oh Becky. your pictures are getting better and better and better. they have movement and life and detail ... you have such a wonderful corner of the blogosphere!

April said...

What a moving story! I am definitely a cracked pot, through and through, but I wouldn't change a thing, even if I could! YOU are the super pot, my friend! :)

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

I'm definitely a cracked pot, in more than one sense! Not sure I help any flowers to grow though!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

well, i'm glad i found you. this is a beautiful story...
and, that first picture is hilarious!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

As I was reading this post, I was thinking "Where does she always find these great stories" Thanks for sharing.... I will pop over and say hello! Now I am curious how she came up with Blue Elephant Photography..... very cool name!

xoxo,

Lisa

Aunt Snow said...

I love this. What a beautiful story and beautiful photos.

Christina said...

Surely I am a cracked pot. ha I love the pottery verses in the Bible...he is the potter and we are the clay. Thanks for sharing this story!

Erika B said...

Beautiful story, beautiful shots!

Erika B

Liz said...

That is such a beautiful story and a great reminder that we don't always have to be perfect!

Meryl said...

how wonderfully inspirational. Thank you.

borne . image . photography said...

Hi Becky! I haven't been by here in a while ... my son recently got married, and life has been full. I love this story you shared, always have ... such a message in there for us! Your images are amazing, as always, my friend! I just got involved with this particular B/W challenge this week, and I was so happy to see that you were the first one to link up to it this time! I also checked out Blue Elephant Photography, too .. her work is just beautiful, love her vintage tones, and I love that business name! Quite catchy!! :) Thanks for sharing about her, Becky! You have a blessed weekend, and I'll be back around again soon! :)

Jim said...

So much to learn from this so simple of tales! Thanks Becky for sharing this.
From your old 'cracked pot' friend, Jim