Good Spam

October 19, 2007

Spam.  We all hate it.  Ever thought that a spam can make your day?  I didn’t, that is, until today 🙂

Last couple of weeks have been particularly rough for me.  Period of self-doubt, guilt trips, the negativity, inability to match expectations, not being able to handle situations positively and general despair.  And today I found this story in my spam.  It just struck a chord and well, ahem…yes, it just brought tears to my eyes.  Its probably just another story, but it just made me pause.

Here it is, exactly the way it arrived-

A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his 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 bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect 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 2 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 because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.

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 planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered 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 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. “You’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.”


2 Responses to “Good Spam”

  1. Have you heard this Leonard Cohen song?

    So ring the bells that still must ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That how the light comes in.

    Loved this story of the cracker pot the first time I ever heard it.. still love it today.

  2. littlenotes Says:

    Thats a beautiful song, indeed!

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