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THE CRACKED POT

         THE CRACKED POT

Once upon a time there was a water-bearer in India who 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 pot 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.

"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 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." 

l� E Mo�F0�Dyle='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-indent:45.0pt'>Soon the Little Red Hen had ground all the wheat into flour and had put it into a bag. She threw the bag over her shoulder and started on her way to her home. When she got to her kitchen her friends were already home sitting at the table playing checkers. She said, "Who will help me make the bread?"

The cat said, "Not I". The duck said, "Not I". The pig said, "Not I".

The Little Red Hen said, "Very well then, I will do it myself." And she did.

The Little Red Hen worked very hard making the bread. She added the ingredients to the pan and stirred and kneaded the dough. When it was ready she put the dough into the oven. The bread smelled so delicious as it baked.

Soon it was time to take the bread out of the oven. She took it from the oven and put it on the table. She said, "Who will help me eat the bread?"

Her animal friends were so hungry now that the cat said, "I will". The duck said, "I will". The pig said, "I will".

The Little Red Hen who had done all the work by herself was disgusted with her friends. She said, "I did all the work and I will eat it myself." And she did.

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