Calling All Cracked Pots–

Dateline: November 21, 2010 NYC Anxiety Hypnosis – 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Fl 212-580-3471


Alan Barsky and I love the story of the Cracked Pot so much that we included a verison of it in all 3 of our books (How To Get Unstuck/Stop IBS-NOW!/and our newest book – How to Stay on Track –

I just came across this very special video adaptation of the story and I am guessing all who see it will feel better and People who Feel Better – Heal Better and are generally more effective.


From: How To Stay On Track by Ellner & Barsky

The Cracked WATER POT

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across its neck. On one side, one of the pots had a crack in it, and while on the other side, 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 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. “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, but he smiled knowingly and replied, “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 wildflowers on its side of the path, and this cheered it up quite a bit, but nonetheless, it still didn’t understand, 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 own family’s table. Without you being just the way you are, we would not have this beauty to grace our own home

This version was contributed by Douglas Rosestone

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