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13 October 2010

Silver Steed at Night Equine Contemporary Art Horse Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Silver Steed in the Night'
22 x 28 inches  Oil on Canvas

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I could not help sharing this. I rarely read forwards, but this one came from Vicki and I clicked on it to read.  After I finished it, I knew it would be my blog this morning. It so applies to everything I have been writing about...self acceptance. 

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 is 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. Remember that God made each of us for a purpose and by His own unique design.

So, to all of my cracked pot friends (including my art friends), have a great day, remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path and thank God for your flaws!


“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”- Proverbs 19:20-21

1 comment:

Kay Wyne said...

Love the story about the cracked pot....we are all cracked in our own unique way!!!!

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