Water Carrier

This post is about a cracked pot. I came across it while attempting to clean out some old papers in my office during our period of self-isolation. The moral of the story follows the post and it seemed appropriate at this time. Trust you all will enjoy.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his 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 bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of his accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. 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 2 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 been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your 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 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 you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.


Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. 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. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!

Until next time!

10 thoughts on “Water Bearer

  1. Hey Irwin! Where you been? I was starting to worry about you a little! Your tale though, was worth the wait. Nice story on how perceived imperfections in all of us have their purpose. Very worldly stuff coming from a crackpot himself. Oh sorry, that’s cracked pot! Lol! Hey cracked pot or crackpot, we’re all in the same leaky boat today. — Hang in their buddy! One crackpot to another!

    1. Been in self-isolation and not feeling up to par lately, not Covid-19, but just – how can I put this – not myself. So, while we are trying to figure out what is up, I sort of stayed away from writing. If I can’t write Happy stuff, I prefer not to write at all. Yet this morning I was determined to write something and Walla, enter Water Bearer. Can’t say when the next piece will be written but hopefully not as long as this one took me to come up with. Thanks for your concern. By the way, due to what’s been happening with me and the way I have been feeling, I haven’t read your latest posts as I need to be in a better frame of mind before tackling them. Take care my friend.

  2. This is really nice. A good read – a break from all that’s happening in the world right now. I agree too, if only we could not only accept people but also see past these so called flaws and appreciate the unique identity it brings to a person. 😕

  3. Loved that story. I wrote a post on it sometime ago. I like to think of myself as a cracked pot and I think of you the same way. We each have something to contribute even if we think it’s minor. Thank you for sharing a little sunshine. I always look forward to your posts. Be well my friend.

    1. Thanks. Haven’t really been in the writing mood lately but that post seemed appropriate. Don’t know when I’ll post again but appreciate your comments. Take care.

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