Uncle George sent me a Chinese fable, what a sweet story. Share with you:

An elderly Chinese
woman had 2 large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried
across her neck when going to the stream to bring water home.

One of these pots had
a crack (hole) in it, while the other was perfect and always delivered
a full portion of water home.

At the end of the long
walk from the stream (spring) to the house, the cracked pot arrived
only half full…

For a full two 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 cra- cked pot was
ashamed of its imperfection
, and miserable that it could only do half of
what it had been made to do…

After two 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 this crack
in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled
and said: “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the
path, but not on the other pot’s side?” “That’s because I have
always known about your flow, so I planted flower seeds on your side
of the path, and every day while we walked back, you watered them”!
“For 2 years, I have been able to pick up those beautiful flowers
and to decorate the table”..”Without you being just the way you
are, there would not be this beauty to grace pthe house.”

Each of us has our
own unique flaw…. But it is the cracks and flaws we each have that
make our lives together so interesting and rewarding…

You have to take each
person for what they are and look for the good in them!

To all my friends:
“Have a Nice Day! And remember to ‘smell’ the flowers on your
side of the path (life)!”

N.Y. June 2009                

Parents are safe back home. Me? Unknown future…     

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