Put Your Imperfections To Perfect Use

Hello Friends,

Hope all is well. Each of us is unique in our own way. Each of us has something to offer this world that no one else can offer. Each one of us is special. It is our job to bring ourselves into alignment with the Universe so that we can let our uniqueness shine.

All of us have our little imperfections. Little flaws that we would like to be rid. Sometimes we let these little flaws cause big problems. We tend to focus on what is wrong with us instead of focusing on our strengths. If we see something in our lives as being a problem, well, it will be a problem. But if we can find a way to focus on how we can use the talents that we have, we will soon discover that we can accomplish anything.

The following short story illustrates how we need to focus on the beauty that is around us and that we are creating. Don't focus on the little imperfections. Notice that these imperfections may be absolutely perfect if seen from a different angle. Yes, we may have a few cracks in the pot, but that should never stop you from striving for your ultimate goal. Enjoy this story and remember it as you go through your day. Beautiful gardens are growing all around you and you might be missing it. Thanks for listening, and many blessings!

The Cracked Pot
Author Unknown

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked. The other pot had a crack in it and by the time the water bearer reached his master's house it had leaked much of it's water and was 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. 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 felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day 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 my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."
Tulips and Pansies in the Victorian Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Spring

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, God will use our flaws to grace his table. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness we find our strength.


Sandpiper (Lin) said...

A very good post, QuoteGuy! You always have such good things to say.

Dexter Francois said...

Thanks Lin. Personally, I have many cracks in my pot, but thankfully, if I stay focused, it will translate into many beautiful things. Blessings Sandpiper.

Amy Phoenix said...

Wow, Dexter, I just found your blogs after I googled Eric Amidi. I really like them. I'm with you... let's be the change we want to see. Thank you for what you do... The more the merrier!

Dexter Francois said...

Hi Rainbow Recognizer(what a great name),

Thanks for stopping by. Keep being a good example of what you want your reality to be. Many blessings!

Anonymous said...

Very enlightening post! In our attempts to be a perfect person, we failed sometimes to realise first that there is no perfect person in this world and second that we can make our weakness to be our strength too.

Dexter Francois said...

Good to meet you BK. It's a pleasure to have you stop by. Many blessings!