A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung
on the ends of a pole which he carried across his shoulders.
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 walk from the stream to the house,
the cracked pot arrived only half full. This went on daily,
with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water
to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was perfect for the
task for which it was made, and proud of its
accomplishments. But the 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. I have
only been able to deliver half my load because this crack in
my side causes water to leak out .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 bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were
flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other
pot's side?" That's because I have always known about your
flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
and every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For
two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers
to decorate the table. Without your being just the way you
are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.