Link to my original post in my academic and creative writing journal blog: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/11/childrens-day-story.html


A water bearer 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 – so some water leaked out of it.

The other pot was perfect and had no leaks  so this “perfect pot” always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk by the water bearer carrying water from the river to the master’s house  the cracked pot always arrived only half full.

For 2 years this went on daily  with the water bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house.

Of course  the “perfect pot” was proud of its accomplishments  fulfilled in the design for which it was made.

But  the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection.

The cracked pot felt miserable that it was unable to accomplish what it had been made to do.

The cracked pot felt it was a loser  while the “perfect pot” was a winner.

After 2 years of enduring this bitter shame  the contrite Cracked Pot spoke to the water bearer one day when he was filling up water from the river.

The Cracked Pot said to the water bearer: “I am ashamed of myself and I apologize to you.”

The water bearer asked the sad Cracked Pot: “Why are you feeling so guilty, so penitent, so repentant …? Tell me – Dear Pot  what is it that you are so ashamed of…?”

The Cracked Pot said full of remorse: “I feel sorry that for these past two years I have been able 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 extra work and you do not get full value from your efforts.”

The water bearer felt sorry for the old Cracked Pot  and in his compassion he said to the Cracked Pot: “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 flowers on the side of the path – and was consoled somewhat.

But at the end of the trail  the Cracked Pot still felt remorse  shame and a feeling of guilt – because it had leaked out half its water load.

And so again  the Cracked Pot apologized to the water bearer for its failure.

The water bearer said to the Cracked Pot:

“Did you not notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path – and not on the other pot’s side…?

That is 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 walked back from the stream  you have watered them. 

For 2 years – I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. 

Without you being just the way you are  would we have these beautiful flowers on the path  and would I be able to give these lovely flowers to the master  to grace his house.

The “perfect pot” only carries water – but you carry water – and – you also help beautify your surroundings too…” 


There are no winners and there are no losers – everyone is a winner in his or her own way.

Yes  you are a winner in your own way

Each of us has our own unique flaws.

We all are cracked pots.

But  it is the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding and make you unique.

You must consider each person for what he naturally is  and look for the good qualities in him.

Every person is useful to society in his own way  just like the cracked pot was useful in its own way.

Most importantly  you must look for the winner within your own self  maybe hiding deep inside you.

If you introspect  you will realize that you are a winner in your own way.

So  please do not compare yourself with others  and  do not pay too much heed to what other people say.

The STORY OF THE CRACKED POT is for parents, teachers, mentors – especially for those – who want to achieve their own unfulfilled dreams – their unrealized desires – and – their unrealistic ambitions – vicariously – through their children and protegees.

Such people put a lot of pressure on children – they drive the poor kids – and – they overwhelm them with high expectations.

Everyone wants their children to be the best – all parents want their children to stand first in class and excel in all activities.

Everyone wants to WIN

In the “Rat Race” to Success – there is no place for LOSERS

There is no place for even those who come second.

In the competitive world of today – we all adopt the winner takes all and loser is left standing small” philosophy of life.

This story is also for those perfectionists – at the workplace and at home – who expect everyone to be perfect like themselves – and this quest for perfection – they make everyone’s life hell…

Most importantly – this story is for you and me – for all of us – who want to be winners in our own way…


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Link to my original post in my academic and creative writing journal blog: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/11/childrens-day-story.html

This Story posted online by me a number of times in my blogs including at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/03/cracked-pot-teaching-story.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2011/02/are-you-cracked-pot.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/07/are-you-loser-inspirational-story-to.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/03/cracked-pot-teaching-story.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2012/07/do-you-think-you-are-loser-remember.html etc

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