We all add value

Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by in Balance, Constructive living, Leadership

water bearer

A Chinese water bearer had two large pots, suspended at either end of a yoke or pole borne on his shoulders.

One pot was perfect. The other had a crack in it.

So after walking from the nearby stream to the cottage, the water bearer had one full pot and a half-empty pot. The perfect pot was very proud and the imperfect pot miserable and ashamed because it accomplished so little. This went on for a long time.

At last the damaged pot spoke to the water bearer: “I’m sad. I try my best but I’m not good enough”.
The water bearer replied: “Haven’t you noticed that there are beautiful flowers only on your side of the path between the stream and the cottage? That’s because I’ve always known about your flaw, and I planted seeds only on your side of the path. Every day you water them for me, and I’m able each day to enjoy the wonderful sight of vibrant, wonderful flowers. Because of who you are, because of your uniqueness and character, you alone can bring this very special gift”.

There is a space and place for all of us.

Sharing stories, Deon

PS Inspired by an email from a friend