Pages: [1] 2 3   Go Down
Author Topic: The Cracked Pot  (Read 2298 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Offline Offline
Faraday Member
**
Karma: 98
Posts: 4802
I learn a bit every time I visit the forum.
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

http://www.jimsplayground.com/efile/Efile-Cracked-Pot.pdf

Quote
The Cracked Pot
A water bearer in India had two large pots, one 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.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. The poor
cracked pot was ashamed of its 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 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 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."
The Moral of this Story:
Each of us has our own unique flaws. Most of us are cracked pots. 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. There is a lot of good out there. The Master's moulding makes us the way we
are....!
Logged

I find it harder to express logic in English than in Code.
Sometimes an example says more than many times as many words.

Left Coast, CA (USA)
Offline Offline
Brattain Member
*****
Karma: 361
Posts: 17293
Measurement changes behavior
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Reminds me of the 'glass half full/empty' definition:

Optimist, the glass is half full
Pessimist, the glass is half empty
Engineer, the glass is twice as big as required
Scientist, the glass is always full of something

Logged

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Offline Offline
Faraday Member
**
Karma: 98
Posts: 4802
I learn a bit every time I visit the forum.
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Engineer shouldn't judge requirements on the state of the glass.
The half-full glass is the result of a partly full technician.  smiley-twist Who wants a bigger glass.

Logged

I find it harder to express logic in English than in Code.
Sometimes an example says more than many times as many words.

Anchorage, AK
Offline Offline
Edison Member
*
Karma: 42
Posts: 1176
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Engineer:  The glass has acceptable margin.
Product Manager:  The glass could be half its size, which would save on production costs.
Logged

Victoria, Australia
Offline Offline
Edison Member
*
Karma: 46
Posts: 1505
Electronics Engineer/Industrial Control
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Hi..

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them – Leonard Louis Levinson

I had to go googling to make sure I got it right.

Tom...... smiley
You  are doing well  grasshopper.....

PS We are getting phiol.. philosuf...  philosophical .. the alco.. achooh..   the booze must be cutting in...
« Last Edit: July 04, 2014, 07:13:45 am by TomGeorge » Logged

Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running......VK3DMK

Central MN, USA
Online Online
Tesla Member
***
Karma: 73
Posts: 7189
Phi_prompt, phi_interfaces, phi-2 shields, phi-panels
View Profile
WWW
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

The cracked pot didn't know the water bearer wanted both pots with cracks so his trips would be less burdensome and have twice the flowers to flatter his master smiley-wink Poor cracked pot. You didn't know how much the water bearer loves you. smiley-kiss smiley-kiss smiley-kiss smiley-evil smiley-evil smiley-evil
Logged


Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Offline Offline
Faraday Member
**
Karma: 46
Posts: 2502
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

I work with a lot of people that must have some beautiful flower arrangements on their tables.
Logged

London
Offline Offline
Edison Member
*
Karma: 46
Posts: 1418
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Reminds me of the 'glass half full/empty' definition:

Optimist, the glass is half full
Pessimist, the glass is half empty
Engineer, the glass is twice as big as required
Scientist, the glass is always full of something
A half empty glass is exactly the same as a half full glass.
1/2 empty = 1/2 full
multiply by 2
empty = full
0=1   smiley-eek
Logged

Central MN, USA
Online Online
Tesla Member
***
Karma: 73
Posts: 7189
Phi_prompt, phi_interfaces, phi-2 shields, phi-panels
View Profile
WWW
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

First convert them to the same unit, emptiness or fullness, then do math  smiley-razz
Logged


London
Offline Offline
Edison Member
*
Karma: 46
Posts: 1418
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

First convert them to the same unit, emptiness or fullness, then do math  smiley-razz
I know, but it confuses the uninitiated. smiley
Logged

Victoria, Australia
Offline Offline
Edison Member
*
Karma: 46
Posts: 1505
Electronics Engineer/Industrial Control
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Hi, and EEC standard glass.

Tom... smiley
Logged

Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running......VK3DMK

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Offline Offline
Faraday Member
**
Karma: 98
Posts: 4802
I learn a bit every time I visit the forum.
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

First convert them to the same unit, emptiness or fullness, then do math  smiley-razz

Emptiness. Then you can go from having almost nothing all the way to nothing!
Logged

I find it harder to express logic in English than in Code.
Sometimes an example says more than many times as many words.

0
Offline Offline
Sr. Member
****
Karma: 8
Posts: 291
Arduino rocks
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Pots can't talk.
Logged

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Offline Offline
Faraday Member
**
Karma: 98
Posts: 4802
I learn a bit every time I visit the forum.
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

They can in parable-land.

The trick is not to take it literally. Since it's not is any religious book I think we're on safe ground there.
Logged

I find it harder to express logic in English than in Code.
Sometimes an example says more than many times as many words.

Central MN, USA
Online Online
Tesla Member
***
Karma: 73
Posts: 7189
Phi_prompt, phi_interfaces, phi-2 shields, phi-panels
View Profile
WWW
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

They can in parable-land.

The trick is not to take it literally. Since it's not is any religious book I think we're on safe ground there.


Religious books? You wish they have such wonderful and deeply meaningful stories on religious books. smiley-cool
Logged


Pages: [1] 2 3   Go Up
Jump to: