Today's crumb comes from a reader in California, USA.
Long long ago, a Chinese woman had two large water pots. Each hung at the opposite end of a pole she carried on her shoulders. One pot was perfect, but the other had a crack. On long walks from the stream to her house, the perfect pot arrived full, while the cracked pot leaked and arrived half empty. The perfect pot was proud, but the cracked pot felt ashamed that it leaked so badly. One day the leaky pot apologized to the woman. She replied by asking it a question.
"Have you noticed the flowers blooming on your side of the path? There are none on the other side. When I noticed you leaking, I planted the seeds, and you watered them each day. I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Unless you were just the way you are, there would be no flowers to grace my home."
Cracks and flaws are what make our life with each other so rewarding. Each of us is needed, just as we are. And so, my cracked pot friends, have a happy day, and remember to smell the flowers.