The Value of a Flaw…

My first post – enjoy!

“A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked. The other pot had a crack in it and by the time the water bearer reached his master’s house it had leaked much of it’s water and was only half full. 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. 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 was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. 

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “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 the pot 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.” 

NOTE: First, let me share that I am not the author of the parable following – the author is unknown… I hope that as you read this, you were able to see the value of the clay pot… whether cracked or solid, there was a purpose being served.  As caregivers, as volunteers, as leaders of volunteers, we’re called to serve others.  Each of us bring strengths, each of us, if honest, bring flaws. But together, we serve well, and those in need have improved quality of life because of the work we’ve committed to do… have a good week… Leanne

6 thoughts on “The Value of a Flaw…

  1. Beautiful story. I think our flaws are what really shape us because we learn from them and repurpose ourselves from them. Our flaws also make us more acceptant of others and allow us to keep trying knowing flaws can lead us in different directions than originally thought.


  2. Our flaws keep us humble as well. There is an NA Indian tribe who purposely make sure there is a bead flaw in their beautiful beaded works. Its purpose is to remind them that only the Master of the Universe is perfect in all ways.


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