Thursday, November 17, 2011


I am a crack pot.

Yes, you read that right. I called myself a crack pot.

Some of you who have known me for some time can attest to this fact. I am crazy, I am zany, I am ... weird.

But, I revel in my weirdness, my uniqueness. Like it or not, it is who I am

I have embarrassed my family, embarrassed my friends, embarrassed my coworkers. All because I am a bit "over the top" in my actions and my goofiness. *shrug*

I have written stories on my blog about crashing family reunions of people I am in no way related to...
Who invited the white lady?

I bring Ken and Barbie to dinner parties just to break the ice, (I don't know why, but those dolls end up losing their clothing every time!).  

I really have donned a coconut bra and grass skirt to sing backup for a local band.

No, this is not me! But, I do possess that shade of lipstick.

Not only am I crack pot, but I am a crack(ed) pot.

But there is a reason for my escapades; my unpredictable zest for loony adventures, my instability. I want to create memories for people, as well as myself. I want to see the funny things in an ordinary day. All I need is an opening in a conversation and I'll jump in with both feet with a silly story or anecdote. It's just who I am. It is when I am my most comfortable.
I want to be a crack(ed) pot that waters the landscape of life. People are a lot like flowers, you know. Shower them with kindness, love, laughter...memories and they will flourish.

All of this leads me to a story I'd like to share with you. Perhaps you've heard it before. Maybe this is the first time. Regardless, I hope after you read this, you recognize that you are a crack pot, too!

The Cracked Pot Story

A water bearer in India had two large pots,

one 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 Cracked Pot 2
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 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. Waterboy with Cracked Water Pot

"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 some.

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."

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.

But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. There is a lot of good out there.

There is a lot of good in us!

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!


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