The Cracked Pot…..A Wonderful Inspirational Story

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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.

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 some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot 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.”


Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique & Beautiful.

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27 Replies to “The Cracked Pot…..A Wonderful Inspirational Story”

  1. Dear Rishika, thanx a lot your inspirational quotes and beautiful stories changed in my way of thinking and life in many ways. keep it up. Thumbs up to you.

    1. Thank you Sir : We are overjoyed to hear this. And we are so happy that our effort to reach out, inspire, change lives and touch hearts is bearing fruits….best wishes.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Appreciate it. Means a lot. Pls do share with friends and family. Keep inspired & best wishes.

  2. dear rishika,
    to be extra ordinary u need being extra, good pictures and fonts in ur stories r just begunning of u getting extra. keep the “best/extra “work on .

  3. its awesome i really enjoyed these stories thanks a lot . these helped me to help my mom the most by reading these stories thanks a lot

  4. Thank you for these significant, beautiful stories. Every one of them has a important meaning which every human should treasure and respect.

  5. Thanks 🙂
    A really nice story.
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  6. Hi R J

    I happened to see ur web site while checking for a friendship for my son which he has to present at school. I got it and i could also come across lot stories and quotes which got lot of relevance during these periods. Thanks and all the best for ur endeavour.

  7. i wonder ur stories are beautiful as flowers very interesting especialy crow and peacock….. and horse & the goat!! made me laugh as well think kep going cross milestone best wishes expecting some more soties of motivation as well thought full love ur group stay blessed kep :):)

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