“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.”
With the possible exception of you, no one is perfect, and as I have said before I am glad they are not since life would be too boring if they were. Unfortunately we spend so much time seeing other things we often miss the flaws that can make someone special. A few months ago my friend Claudia from Australia sent me the following story that is a lesson for us all.
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!
“You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out.”
Some Childbirth Q & A
Q. My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A. Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q. When is the best time to get an epidural?
A. Right after you find out you’re pregnant.
Q. Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A. Not unless the word "alimony" means anything to you.
Q. I’m modest. Once I’m in the hospital to deliver, who will see me in that delicate position?
A. Authorized personnel only — doctors, nurses, orderlies, photographers, florists, cleaning crews, journalists, etc.
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
Jennie Jerome Churchill
A man and woman were celebrating 50 years together. Their three kids, all very successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor.
"Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad," gushed son number one… "Sorry I’m running late… had an emergency, you know how it is, didn’t have time to get you both a present."
Not to worry," said the dad…"the important thing is that we’re all here together today."
Son number two arrived and announced, "You and Mom still look great, Dad. Just flew in from L.A. and didn’t have time to get you a present… Sorry."
It’s nothing," said the father, "Glad you were able to be here."
Just then the daughter arrived, "Hello both of you, Happy Anniversary! I’m sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing… so I didn’t have time to get you guys anything."
Again the father said, "I really don’t care, at least the five of us are together today."
After they had all finished dessert, the father put down his knife and fork, looked up and said, "Listen up, all three of you, there’s something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. You see, we were very poor. Despite this, we were able to raise each of you and send you to college. All through the years your mother and I knew that we loved each other very much but… we just never found the time to get married."
The three kids gasp and said, "You mean we’re bastards?"
"Yep," said the dad…"and cheap ones too!"
My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
Three businessmen were having dinner at a club. When it came time to pay the check, each grabbed for it.
"It’s a business expense," said one.
"I’ll pay," said the second. "I’m on cost plus."
"Let me have it," argued the third. "I’m filing for bankruptcy next week."
She: "I’m not looking to get involved with one particular guy right now."
He: "Well, luckily for you, I’m not exactly known for being particular."
She said: For years my husband denied he was an aggressive driver. That changed one day when we were out for a ride with our three-year-old, Matthew. Seeing a teaching opportunity, I began quizzing Matthew about traffic lights.
"What does a red light mean?" I asked.
"How about green?"
In his best impression of Daddy, Matthew bellowed, "Hang on!"
Happiness is the delicate balance between what one is and what one has.
F. H. Denison
She said: One of my third-graders came to school crying. "Jonathan’s upset because he couldn’t complete his math homework," his mother explained.
"Why’s that?" I asked.
"Unfortunately," she said, "our computer doesn’t have Roman numerals."
He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
She said: As a switchboard operator in one of Philadelphia’s busiest hotels, I often relay messages to guests.
One evening a gentleman called me because the message light on his phone was flashing. "This is Mr. Grant in Room 1162. Do you have a message for me?"
"Yes," I replied, "the message is from Sue. She says she loves you and misses you."
There was silence on the other end before he asked, "Did she leave a last name?"
It is good to love as many things as one can, for therein lies true strength, and those who love much, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well.
Vincent van Gogh
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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