Tuesday 30 March 2010


Sometimes I get fed up with politics and I just want to think of something nice. I guess you do too....

So here's a little story for you:

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends 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 walks from the stream to the house, the cracked
pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home
only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But 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 two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to
the woman one day by the stream. 'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

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.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewa

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. So, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Now don't tell me I don't have a sentimental side to me.............


  1. Aw that's nice tris. Ye must've been sniffin' some awfy nice flooers. Ye're no wrong. It aw' comes doon tae folk in the end, an' how it takes aw sorts tae make a world. An' that's no easy these days. Young folk these days huv aw' the freedom in the world, tae be as different as they want, yet they end up actually aw just variations oan a theme. How dae they actually dae anything new, that's no been done by some auld dear donkeys years ago.
    See that's me lost ma threed again. Ah loved yer pot post tris, ur we no aw a bit cracked, eh? Ye hud me thinkin' fer a bit, gaun 'who's he oan aboot?' Ah don't know who ye're oan aboot but ye've hot a good heart so ah'm sure ye're jist tormentin' somebody.
    Ah will admit tae some faults masel. Ah'm no perfect. As you say tho, it's aw' aboot 'acceptin' yer flaws for whit they are, for bein' part o' yer inner beauty.

    We'll ah've done ma acceptance, noo ah'll have tae work oan Sylvester, get him tae accept them.

  2. An' by the way, take it fae a country lass. Never. Never. Never sniff the flowers at the side o' the path.

  3. She must have been a bit of a crackpot talking to a cracked pot.
    On a serious note this story just doesn't add up. Watering seeds every day for 2 years would result in the seeds being overwatered and rotting. She would also be watering the ground for about 18 months to no effect since there would be no flowers to water.

  4. LOL Sophia. Someone once warned me about picking berries at the side of the road.... I know.... dogs!

  5. Sophia..
    I agree about not sniffing flowers by the side of the path. Dog wee yuch ; )

  6. Anon... ho ho ho, very good!

    Of course if I'd have known that Alan Titchmarsh was going to be reading it, I'd have got my horticultural facts right...:-)

    Just accept the beauty of the message, OK?

  7. Wid that be the same for Chinese Flowering Watercress (Perrenial variety) Anon?

  8. tris
    Ha ha not seen Alan Titchmarsh for a while. Nice story with a good moral to it. I've copied and pasted it and sent it to The Sunday Post ;)
    Go halfers on the royalties !

    Good point. Not sure about that watercress. Might benefit from constant watering right enough.

  9. LOL Anon:....Royalties? From the Sunday Post? Yeah right!

  10. Tris

    Every Crackpot on the internet will be following your blog from now on.

  11. LOL Dubbieside... I thought they were already.... present company excepted of course....

    Seriously though... I never thought of that.... wooops

  12. PS... when are you going to post on your blog DS?

  13. Tris

    I do not think I have the intellectual capacity to write meaningful stuff on a regular basis. Besides that it would be totally bias towards the SNP.

    I would rather visit blogs I like and leave comments when enthused by what I have read.

    P.S. I do give Yousuf and Dean a hard time occasionally but I do admire the fact that they have the balls to write about what they believe, and do all the hard work maintaining a blog.

  14. I suspect that you do..... have the intellectual capacity I mean, ......but I respect your wishes not to write the blog (I subscribe to it ... so it's just as well you don't charge money for the sub!!!!!)

    I respect anyone who feels strongly and writes with passion...even when I think that what they are writing is erm.... nonsense!!! lol.

    I love Dean's stuff in particular. It's surprising how much of it I can agree with.... and how much I can't