The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

i wonder will you like this story it is so apt for this site

norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

Love this - I hope you do too.

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's 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.

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

And send this to any or all of your Cracked Pot friends within 5 minutes and see what happens!

Don't forget the Cracked Pot that sent it to you!!





wow, that was wonderful, made me think!! What a lovely story

30 Mar, 2010


So true NP we all have our uses no matter how small :)

30 Mar, 2010


Great story Np, from one cracked pot to another.

30 Mar, 2010


Nice one, NP

30 Mar, 2010



30 Mar, 2010


Very good.

30 Mar, 2010


i thaught it was to and so apropriate

31 Mar, 2010


thanks Np, made me think and smile on what looks to be a cold, wet day :o)

31 Mar, 2010


yes pam it was lovley a few days ago but hay ho . ive got a horrible cold for what its worth lol so i dont even want to look outside.take care bye for now everyone

31 Mar, 2010


theres a lot of it about Np-- I just keep taking my manuka honey hope you feel better soon :)

31 Mar, 2010


Yes NP even broken things can be loved. I have a damaged china duck about 2" long that my daughter aged 8 gave me in floods of tears, She had chosen this for me on a school trip and then she dropped it. I treasure it.

31 Mar, 2010


Brilliant story NP....A lot of lessons can be learnt from it.....:>))

31 Mar, 2010


very good NP and also very true :o))

31 Mar, 2010


i like this little story as well.

31 Mar, 2010


brilliant i love it makes a lot of sense especialy to me lol.

1 Apr, 2010


Love the photo too NP,the snow really makes the faces features stand out.Was it taken this winter ?

1 Apr, 2010


yes it was aster thats the good thing about snow .

2 Apr, 2010


I've just read your wise old woman story, love it very much, words of wisdom like this are so precious...thanks so much for sharing it.

30 Apr, 2010


your welcome daisy wisdom is earned enitialy with time . with places like this site we can make gardening an easier and qucker and safer process . it would be almost rude not to pass wisdom on to people who want to here it . i love this story to it sais so much .take care bye for now xx.

30 Apr, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?