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yogi cat
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I know it doesn't have the puppies or kittens or forward instructions, but... but... does an "elderly Chinese woman" who can communicate with pots count?
What is THAT all about?!?

Here it is:


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 walk 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 2 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 rewarding.

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the
good in them.

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day
and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!


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DawnStorm
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I'd say that the pot wasn't the only thing that was cracked....

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Communication Attempt
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So the lesson is,it's ok if you have problems,it makes other people happy?

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Samantha Vimes
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Flowers on only one side of the path. So the woman was clever enough to use the pot to grow flowers, but not clever enough to switch which side she carried which pot on and have flowers on both sides. Interesting.
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LeaflessMapleTree
The twelve shopping days 'til Christmas


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quote:
Originally posted by Samantha Vimes:
Flowers on only one side of the path. So the woman was clever enough to use the pot to grow flowers, but not clever enough to switch which side she carried which pot on and have flowers on both sides. Interesting.

Hahahaha [lol] Well, give her credit. She WAS elderly [Wink]

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Cowboy Joe
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quote:
Originally posted by DawnStorm:
I'd say that the pot wasn't the only thing that was cracked....

I agree. I am certain both the pot and the elderly lady had a crack.

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Spamamander in a pear tree
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I just can't help but wonder if the reason she was hearing talking pots was due in part to pot of an entirely different kind. Probably those "flowers" she grew along the one side of the path.

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DawnStorm
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quote:
Originally posted by Spamamander with cheese on rye:
I just can't help but wonder if the reason she was hearing talking pots was due in part to pot of an entirely different kind. Probably those "flowers" she grew along the one side of the path.

[lol] Or a different kind of crack! [lol]

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Mouse
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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So the moral is that perfect people are evil and satanic?

Yea for dysfunction!

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Mad Jay
Let There Be PCs on Earth


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Actually, not a bad glurge. It's more of a fable than a glurge

a) It has the our-imperfections-make-us-whole yin-yang thing going for it, which I think is a good moral lesson
b) No appeals to emotion
c) No instructions on forwarding this to 5 people before a pot cracks your head

Sure, the pot analogy is a little amusing, and there are logical inconsistencies in the story, but so do many fables. The emphasis is on keeping it short and leading to a moral lesson, but that comes at the expense of logic in the story.

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Canuckistan
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quote:
Actually, not a bad glurge.
Heathen! [lol]

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Aptenodytes_Forsteriis
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quote:
Originally posted by Canuckistan:
quote:
Actually, not a bad glurge.
Heathen! [lol]
You just don't like it 'cause you're a bit of a crackpot oh purveyor of NMRs. [Wink] Incidentally it appears from a recent thread that the Heathen Chinese are eating NMRs alive [Eek!]
Rats

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Ink Rose
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I don't really consider this glurge isomuch as a fable that was glurgeified by some well-meaning person who had pot/crack or both.

And, oooh, Crackpot friends? I am not a crackpot because I refuse to crack and or pot and read this any more.

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BrianB
Happy Holly Days


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I thought this one looked familiar.....
Brian

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LeaflessMapleTree
The twelve shopping days 'til Christmas


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Aww...come on [Smile] . It was from 5 years ago. Most people here hadn't joined the board yet.

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Andrew of Ware, England
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Oh, golly gosh! I have just read that five year old thread and apparently even that thread was the third time the cracked pot story had been discussed.

Mind you, I've always said that you can't have too many threads on cracked pots.

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Amigone201
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I dunno about these glurges...they're all about pot and crack nowadays. This is highly inappropriate!

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Ms Congeniality
Deck the Malls


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I got the impression that the old lady was on crack and pot.. [Wink]

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