Back in the days when pots and pans could talk – which indeed they still do – there lived a man. In order to have water, every day he had to walk down the hill and fill two pots and walk them home. One day it was discovered one of the pots had a crack and as time went on, the crack widened. Finally, the pot turned to the man and said, “You know, every day you take me to the river, and by the time you get home, half of the water’s leaked out. Please replace me with a better pot.”
And the man said, “You don’t understand. As you spill, you water the wild flowers by the side of the path.” Sure enough, on the side of the path where the cracked pot was carried, beautiful flowers grew, while other side was barren.
“I think I’ll keep you,’ said the man.”
“The spiritual life is about being open to every moment, however incomplete, because every moment in life has something to teach us about what it means to live well. It is about realizing that sometimes the perfection of the moment lies in accepting its imperfections.”
Joan Chittister, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007)