An old man and his son lived in a village where there was no water source. They both walk to a stream many miles away, fills their clay pots with water, and carries them back to their house for growing garden. Unfortunately the son’s pot dangling and it is half empty every-time.
The son is very sad about his half-empty pot and he feels like a big fat loser because it’s got a crack in it, and he beats himself up for wasting water, for doing a bad job, for not being as perfect or effective as the old man.
One day the Son could not tolerate any more and shared his feelings to the old man about how ashamed it is to live and do the job with a cracked pot.
The old man asked his son to sit and bought a cup of tea and made him relax. Then he took his son and tells him how wonderful he is and the world is a better place because of his half pot with a great crack.
Then he explains that the path to the stream that they both walked every day for 3 months now has a stunning line of flowers growing along one side, thanks to the water that’s dripped out of the cracked pot. He tells the son how much joy these flowers bring him every time he sees them and how they would never have been able to grow without the crack in the pot. He reminds the cracked pot that the side of the path with the flowers is full of life and color and bees and birds.
Everything in our “reality” is reflected back to us depending on how we choose to perceive it.
Your “flaws” are either strikes against you or part of what make you unique and awesome—it’s your choice. His son can choose to worry about cracked pot or see the flower and become happy.
Not only is loving yourself a more joyful way to walk through life, but you never know how many gardens and flowers that you can create out of your brilliance failure.
There is no garden and no flowers if the pot is perfect. The very act of imperfection and flaws within us bring and create flowers, gardens and colorful life. Let’s live our life with cracked pot and become comfortable.