It is easy to dismiss simple smiles we give to others, not realizing what a blessing a simple smile can be. People are lonesome and suffering, thinking no one cares. They feel useless and unlovable. Yet something as simple as a smile can make the difference in their day. Those who already make a point of smiling or being kind to others, realize the gifts received, themselves, in doing so. Smiles are then freely given back when our lives are most difficult. A simple smile can change the world for so many others as well as our selves.
There is a wonderful story that few have heard. When we feel lost or useless, this is one to reflect and meditate upon. It is The Story of the Cracked Pot.
The Story of the Cracked Pot
An elderly 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. By 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. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. 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 is because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my table. Without your being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace my home.”
Each of us has our own unique flaw. It is the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives special to others. Take each person for what they are. Look for the good in each one and pray that your own flaws will touch others in a way that only God understands.
May this story be a true blessing in your day and one you meditate upon, often. Never forget to smile. It is a gift only you can give, freely and lovingly.
Bonnie Florek is a writer and editor for Inkwell Editors and has written articles for Examiner.com. She is a professional Christian soloist, has given a concert at the Crystal Cathedral, in California, and has recorded a solo CD. She has a strong faith and enjoys speaking and sharing, with others, her love for God. Bonnie writes Christian books, as well as books and monologues for Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours, LLC. She is available to speak at churches and for Christian groups. She also performs 18th century character monologues for group entertainment and education, haunted and history tours in Williamsburg, VA. You may contact her through spooksandlegends.com, inkwelleditors.com, or through this site.