A nice thought

Susan956 Member Posts: 510
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
A friend of mine forwarded this to me.... I liked it and thought I would share it.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a
which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and
delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked
arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home
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
that it could only do half of what had been made to do.

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
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

"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be
beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we
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
in them.

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to
the flowers on your side of the path!


  • Texylin
    Texylin Member Posts: 43
    What a wonderful way to look at things. You brightened my day. Thank you
  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
    Thank you so much, Susan! Just when I was feeling a little sad for my body 'changes' (I STILL catch myself in the mirror and ask "Who IS this?" with someone else's hair....)
    I LOVE being a crackpot!!! It means I can make an impression on others!

    Hugs, Kathi

    BTW...I went to a wedding yesterday...this gal came up and said "You have hair to die for". I told her my cancer story, then laughed and said "And I almost DID!!!!". We both cracked up!
    Thank you for the smile!
    Hugs, Kathi
  • kathydaly
    kathydaly Member Posts: 81
    Susan, ty ty, such a loving lesson, u already gave me something to be grateful 4 this am.

    Hugs and prayers, kathy
  • ireneingeorgia
    ireneingeorgia Member Posts: 73
    A really nice story, thank you. Made me smile, even with all the changes in my looks! Better to find some good in everything, like in this story.
  • susabella
    susabella Member Posts: 46
    That was great! Thanks for reminder that it's not about being perfect, it's about being useful and having a purpose.

    Good thoughts to all!