Inspiration Monday – The Cracked Pot

I have this strong conviction that everything works together for good.

That even the slightest mess, can always turn out to become a message, when we have the right perspective.

Today, I want to share with you a story that further buttress this truth.

The title of this story is; “THE CRACKED POT (A tale from India)”

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on one end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived 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, perfect to the end for which it was made. 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 said to the pot, “Did you ever notice the beautiful flowers along your path? Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the otter pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flow seeds on your side of the path, and everyday 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 the house.”

Each of us has our unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. It is our flaws that make us unique and special.

(This story is an excerpt from “Focus on the 90%” by Darci Lang)

As a personal brand strategist, I know every story matters, every mess can be a message, that roadblocks sometimes are lessons that serves as a road-map for the journey ahead.

My question to you today is this;

What challenges have you faced in the past that has served as a road-map to your future?
What are you going through now, that seems overwhelming?

Create a list of these, write them down.

Hidden in that list are stories, filled with unique qualities that makes you special.

Care to share a piece from your list, please go ahead.

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