The Cracked Pot – Beautiful Story

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots.
But if rightly utilized our flaws can become our greatest assets.

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23 Responses to The Cracked Pot – Beautiful Story

  1. Ramakrishnan. R October 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM #

    The story is a old one. In fact it was a Chinese story beautifully videowed with lilting music to go with. I have been using this story in my motivational classes for students over the last few years. Except for the fact that it is a repeat, no body can take away the moral behind the story. Each of us have our own flaws as the story goes and as long as we don’t look to them as flaws life will be full of happiness. Thanks for reproducing a good story for the benefit all readers.

  2. Zafar Iqbal September 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM #

    This is so sweet.

    Sometimes, we do good things even within our imperfections!

    Thanks, SaRa!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. annonomous August 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM #

    such a nice story sara!jazakallah 4 sharing:)

  4. Khan July 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM #

    Awesome story..Good work sara 🙂

    • Sara - Admin July 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

      Thanks Khan.

  5. nizamhm1944 July 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM #

    This is a Chinese moral story, but not as Indian.

  6. smurf July 23, 2012 at 12:21 AM #

    wooooweeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! like it……….beautiful angelic story

    • Sara - Admin July 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM #

      Nice to know you liked it smurf!

  7. mahdi July 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM #

    It is perfectly good to be imperfect that means you are growing towards perfection it means you are in a living process which there is no end to it perfecion is a dead thing it means your growth has stopped. so the only perfect thing in life is to be imperfect.

    • Sara - Admin July 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM #

      philosophical saying Mahdi 🙂

      • mahdi July 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM #

        No, sara it is not philosophical saying if you meditate deeply you will find it more existential than philosophical perfect is just a word no where in existent you will find it and if you come across any thing perfect please let me know totality , wholeness , completeness, yes you can find but perfection you will never find.

    • Ian July 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM #

      Perfect comment Mahdi. Now i understood perfection and imperfection in a perfect way.

      “We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us–that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect.” ? Emilio Estevez

  8. Habeebi July 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM #

    SubhanAllah, Every thing is ceated with reason. Beauty or ugly, Black or white, Day or night, strong or weak… every human will be asked as per their ability.

  9. Habeebi July 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM #

    SubhanAllah, Every thing is ceated with reason. Beauty or ugly, Black or white, Day or night, strong or weak… every human will be asked as per their ability.

  10. Rami Y. Nasser July 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM #

    A very wise man indeed !

    The people who get on in this world ,
    are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want ,
    and if they can’t find them , then they make them !!!

    Very lovely inspirational story ….. thanks Sara .

  11. Abier July 2, 2011 at 2:59 AM #

    This is a very good story – people has a lot to learn from it…..

  12. Anonymous July 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM #

    liked the story 🙂

  13. Haytham July 1, 2011 at 10:55 AM #

    beautiful and very touching!

    Never knew I was gonna empathise with a cracked pot 🙂

    • Abier July 2, 2011 at 2:59 AM #

      HAHA me neither ;D

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  15. Anam July 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM #

    SubhanAllah. A very beautiful lesson and story 🙂

  16. shajahan.nk May 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM #

    nice,true everyone have a wonderful skill,that have not ignored ourselves.

  17. Kaiser Raja March 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM #