Karl Ayling Counselling Psychology Therapy

Counselling Psychology Therapist in Guildford, SURREY

Parable of the cracked pot

A village elder had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had cracks 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 many 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 many 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 these cracks in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.' The woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there is a forest with orchards and 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 woodland, fruits and flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.'
The other buckets landscape is sandy and bare. For all these years I have been able to pick fruits and 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 family and friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path.
Bye for now

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