Monday, January 22, 2007


We Can Make
A Difference

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 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 some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again he expressed his feeling to the water bearer.
He replied by saying, "Did you notice that flowers were 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."
Unknown Author
* All people and things have their faults, shortcomings and weaknesses. This is a reality we need to acknowledge or accept.
* Inspite of the faults, things and people can still have a role to play that can contribute positively to the benefit of the world or others.
* Apparently negative happenings and circumstances can teach us great lessons in life.
* A person should not just focus on his or her 'faults' or 'weaknessness' ... he is capable of contributing positively to the growth of himself ( in terms of wisdom ), to his environment ( making it a better place to live in ) and other people ( bringing happiness and peace to whoever he can ).
* Dwelling in self-pity and complaints is negative ... one would become more miserable. Be inspired by the contributions and achievements of so many 'handicapped' people in the world.
* The point is : 'There are sometimes things and happenings out there that we cannot change. But within us we can : the way we see things, our views and attitude." In this way, we develop peace, happiness, wisdom and freedom.

With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

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