While researching for another blog post I came across the following story (author unknown.)
Many of you are busily chasing your endgame.
There are days when you effortlessly make huge gains. You say to yourself “This is so easy!”
Contrast this with the days when you fall five steps back and feel like an octopus on roller skates getting nowhere fast. Been there. Have the T-shirt.
This story reminds me of what Oprah said in that there are no mistakes. Nothing is wasted
When you find yourself in a state of continuous struggle as if you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel? Save this post and read it to remind yourself that you’re going through what you’re going through for a reason. Sometimes it takes us time to move further down the road, look back in the rear view mirror, and reflect how we were serving ourselves for better things to come.
The Cracked Pot
“A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and 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 master’s 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 in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end 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 two 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. “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, 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 from 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 somewhat. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it 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 your 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 this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has our own blemishes. A crack in the armor. A flaw we’re not proud of.
Heh, that’s what makes us human! Right?
As you plow the road toward your endgame, don’t worry about the mistakes you endure along the way. Instead ask the question:
What are you learning about yourself?