Cracked Pot

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 walks 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?’
‘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 cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path.

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15 Responses to Cracked Pot

  1. Deb says:

    This story, or parable, is very nice. And so are your pots!

  2. Big Al says:

    So it is a compliment when my wife calls me a crack pot! Awesome!

  3. doodles says:

    I've had a slew of cracked pots lately and have been pretty tough on myself because of it. Your story helped me take another look at it… All part of the process… Thanks!

  4. Lovely story, Hannah. Thank you.

  5. Dan Finnegan says:

    That teapot is crazy cool!

  6. sweet- great story- tell us another one!

  7. lynny says:

    after reading your great 'cracked pot' story, I've visited your other blogs & your utube clips. You old studio was fabulous, so 'lived in'. All the best for your new space :)Love the homemade slip trailer!

  8. Great story – and good outlook on life. Often feel a bit cracked myself, so I shall think of this often!

  9. Peter says:

    Lovely story Hannah, I wonder if we would keep on making things if we turned out perfect work time after time….?? Where would the sense of achievement be? I suspect that imperfection is a marvellous boost to creativity, and failure can actually be a good friend after all!

  10. Rachel Minto says:

    I like your slip trailing very much. Your decorations have strong personality based on the thick application, and it looks to me like you've mastered the effect! Do you use colorants for your dark slips, or just a darker clay? I am curious…

  11. Hannah says:

    Thanks all, glad you liked the story. It's doing the rounds at the moment but I like it a lot.

  12. Hannah says:

    Hi Rachel,I use iron and manganese oxides in with the red clay that I make the pots from to give me that dark brown / black slip.I can't remember the percentages off hand but I think it's 10% of each. Hope that helps.

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