The Broken Pot (or, How I Learned to Embrace Vulnerability)

Today, I thought, I would share something a loyal reader once gifted me on a blog piece I wrote entitled, Fear can be a funny thing. The piece was about trying to conquer fears, fears I had not had before my severe depression, fears I had not had when I had been a more confident person. Slowly, I’m happy to say, I’m getting there… 

But what she had to say, in hindsight, resonates deeply with my mission statement when sharing my experiences with bipolar disorder and depression. I am not a victim. I need no one’s pity. Perhaps a little compassion would be nice. But don’t we all need more of that in our lives?

Vulnerability is not a weakness. I know that now. It is a powerful force. 

I hope you feel inspired by what this reader had to share in the comments section. I know I felt inspired when I read it. xx

Dear Jocelyn, you ARE much stronger than you feel. You remind me of the story of the broken pot. Blossom on! Your growth is inspiring and courageous. Here is the story, if you haven’t heard it before.

“The Broken Pot”

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on an end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and 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 masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters 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 by the stream.

“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 masters 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, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the masters 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 wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot 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 pots 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 masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Click here to read original blog piece, Fear can be a funny thing, where reader comment was featured.


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