Beauty and Love
Originally Published 3/4/1999
Please take a moment to clear your mind, perhaps taking 3
deep luxurious breaths and enjoy the following:
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hanging from
opposite ends of a pole he carried across his neck. One pot had a
crack in it; the other was perfect and always delivered a full
portion of water after the long walk from the stream to the master’s
house. The cracked pot always arrived only half full.
Every day for twp years, the water bearer delivered only one
and a half pots of water to his master’s house. Of course, the
perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked
pot was ashamed of its imperfection, miserable that it was able to
accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two year of what it perceived to be a biter failure, it spoke
to the water bearer.
“I am ashamed of myself and I want to apologize to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”
For these past two years, 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 master’s house. Because of my flaws, you
have to do all of this work and you don’t get full value for your
efforts.” The pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in
his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I
want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took
notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of
the path and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it
still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load and so again
the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.
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
took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the
path and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve
watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful
flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the
way you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his home.”
Each of us has our unique flaws. In Spirit’s great
universe, nothing goes to waste. Don’t be afraid of your flaws.
Acknowledge them and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that
in our weakness, we find our strength.
Affirmation for Today: I reflect out beauty and love in all I
do, all I say, all I am.
With Blessings of love, light, affluence & bliss.