A water bearer carried water home from a stream in two large pots hanging from each end of a pole. One pot was in perfect condition and delivered a full portion of water, and the other had a crack and arrived to the house only half full.
For two years, the bearer brought home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. The cracked pot, however, 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 2 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, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.” The bearer smiled and said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered 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.” ~~~
With unconditional positive regard we can value and accept things as they are and can nurture growth and create new possibilities out of perceived flaws. Today, I invite you to join me in a practice of looking at imperfection as opportunities to mindfully plant seeds of compassion and to appreciate the natural beauty of all that is.