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Re: OT homely philosophy


Auralie, what a lovely story.  sorta choked me up.
Kitty
neIN, Z5
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From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 10:11 AM
Subject: [CHAT] OT homely philosophy


> I don't often pass on things sent to me, but this seemed especially
> appropriate
> for this bunch.
> An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots,
> each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried
> across her neck.  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.
>  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
> cracked pot was ashamed of its own  imperfection, and miserable that it
could
> only do half of what it had been made to do.  After 2 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, "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 flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
and
> every day while we walk back, you water them."
> "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate
> the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this
> beauty to grace the house."
>  Each of us has our own unique flaw.  But it's the cracks and flaws we
each
> have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You've
> just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in
them.
>
>  To all of my "crackpot" email buds and family, have a great day and
remember
> to smell the flowers, on your side of the path.
>
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