Unique human flaws

by Stephen on April 23, 2012 · 10 comments

in Inspirational Stories

Special thanks to Cindy for sending in this inspiring story!


An elderly asian woman had two large pots, each hung on the end 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 two years, this went on daily with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. 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: “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way to your house.”

Unique Human Flaws

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.”

Moral: Like the pots, we all have our own unique flaws. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mosopefoluwa April 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

We all are unique irrespective of whatever flaws we may have, so never be disappointed if many don’t like you. You are UNIQUE.

2 Solomon Onokere April 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

The sun gives light to brighten our day, but behind it is darkness; which other regions of the world depending on for their rest. Everything about you complemnt something in this world. So, learn to appreciate yourself the way you are.

3 Lito Sanchez April 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Beautiful story. . .Let us thank God the way we were created with our imperfections some times we felt has it’s wonderful part it contribute. . flaws we have would helps us realize the value and meaning of the word “acceptance”.

4 Oludare May 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

Nice story… Good job keep it up… you are the best.

5 Rita Borg November 30, 2012 at 3:48 am

Wow what a message, I read this story before and I forgot it. It is so true as for me I always find something that is not good enough in myself, and my friend Maria says nobody is perfect.

God is perfect and I am sure that He accepts the way I am.

6 NEWTON ROOT December 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I realy like this because I sometimes look worried about my short comings and deeply feel like am so useless and the most loathesome. But through this story I learned that God never regard me the way I do. Instead He manages my imperfection to benefits others. Thank you for the motivations.

7 Ymspillay March 6, 2013 at 4:23 am

I heard about this story but it still motivates and inspires. Keep it up!

8 Infinite February 9, 2014 at 10:29 am

Permission to publish these wonderful and amazing stories…

9 Stephen February 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

Yes, feel free to share Infinite! Take care.

10 Abinaya March 3, 2015 at 7:14 am

TRUE LINES….

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