An elderly Chinese 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.
At 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.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But 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’s because I have always known about your flaw,
so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
and every day while we walk back, you  water 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.”


Each of us has our own unique flaw.  
But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make
our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.


You’ve just got to take each person for what they are
and look for the good in them.


SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day
and remember to smell the flowers
on your side of  the path



Forwarded by: Terry

Everyone has two choices



Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone has two choices. We’re either full of
love…or full of fear.”

This could not be more true. Look around you. I bet you can determine
whether someone is filled with love or fear in a matter of seconds. People
who are filled with love (or at least getting there!) are optimistic,
excited, helping, listening, cheering go-getters ­ it shows on their face,
in their spirit and seems to refresh everyone they meet. Those filled with
fear are paranoid, pessimistic, envious, demanding, overbearing downers ­
it shows on their face, in their spirit and seems to suck the life out of
everyone they meet.


Which one are you? Are you filled with fear or love? Or are you a
combination of the two? Which one do you want to be?
That’s a silly question. You want to be full of love.
So, why aren’t we all full of love for everyone, including ourselves?
Maybe it’s just easier. You don’t have to put forth much of an effort to
be a pessimist. Heck, the world seems to be geared toward SATISFYING
pessimists. Just listen to the nightly news or read the morning paper.

Nothing but bad news and more bad news!


But I’m here to tell you ­ that’s no excuse. If you want something, you
have to work for it. Creating a positive attitude based in love takes
work ­ especially when almost everyone around you is telling you, “Why
bother? The sky is just going to fall in anyway.” Let them talk. Their
negative Chicken Little belongs to them. Not you.


Change your attitude, and your outlook changes with it. This, in turn,
will change your life and change your results ­ period. It just takes
consistent and conscious effort to stay in that place of warmth and

The opinions or negativity of other people do not have to become your
reality. You determine whether you allow that to happen. It all starts in
your mind.


You need to have a strong self-image and belief system within you ­ an
impenetrable core based on a positive, optimistic, anything-is-possible
mindset ­ so that when those negative folks start jabbering, you can sit
quietly within yourself and know who you are.


When you’re trying to be more optimistic and filled with love, you can TRY
to avoid those people who bring others down, draining the very life-blood
of hope and possibility, but . . . unfortunately, this avoidance tactic
rarely works.


They will find you! Once you have embraced a positive, energy-filled,
think-out-of-the-box, the-sky-is-not-the-limit mindset, these people are
somehow automatically drawn to you, like bees to honey.


Don’t worry. It’s just a test. The Universe wants to know if you’re
serious about your new way of living. Don’t be afraid of the test ­ just
look these people square in the eye with love and joy, and sit there
within yourself knowing that they sadly just ­ don’t ­ get ­ it. They
don’t understand that life wants them to be successful and receive
abundance. They believe that everything is a struggle and there is only a
limited supply that everyone must fight for. They don’t get it, and they
won’t get you. They may even challenge the new you.


This hardly gives you the permission to look down on these people, or
think snidely of them in any way, shape or form. You’re not better than
they are. You may be more consciously aware and living in more abundance
and gratitude, but that doesn’t make you better than them. Understand
that these people are suffering. They are suffering from lack of
self-esteem, lack of energy, lack of love. You don’t have to explain your
new attitude ­ they will sense it immediately. That’s what has drawn them
to you in the first place. Your new self is now radiating energy out and
attracting people to you.


At the same time, their being drawn to you, does not mean that you should
spend all of your energy trying to change them. In many cases, your kind-
hearted efforts will deplete your energy levels. The best way you can help
these people is to be an example of what can happen when your mindset is
based in love and positivity.


“Great people choose to be greater than their problems. You have that
potential too.”





Forwarded by: MJ


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