A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on each end 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 was only half-full. For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer only delivering one and a half pots of water to his house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of it’s accomplishments, perfect for what it was made to do. The poor cracked pot, on the other hand, was ashamed of its imperfection. It was miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it was made to do.
After two years of feeling a bitter failure, the poor cracked pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. ‘I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack on my side causes water to leak as you walk all the way back to your house. Because of my flaw, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value for your efforts,’ the pot said.
The bearer said to the pot, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known 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.’
—Story taken from the book RESOLVED by Orrin Woodward