Monday, September 13, 2010

Be Just the Way You Are

Cody, my son with CHARGE Syndrome, has been having problems with seizures lately and a friend of mine shared this parable with me. I do not know who the author is and I won't elaborate on the story. However, I believe if you know someone that has special needs, you will be able to relate.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each 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 master's 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 master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, 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 at 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 master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work and you don't get full value for 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 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 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 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 the path but not on the other pot's 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 master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

I welcome my reader's to share comments, thoughts or personal stories that relate.


Marilyn said...

Well, that made me cry..... I love you DeeAnn. You are a wonderful mother to Cody.

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

What a lovely parable - I'm so glad you posted it!

Autism Mom Rising said...

This is so perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Coco said...

Sorry to hear about Cody. You are amazing to handle everything you have gone through. So is Cody.


dluvscoke said...

Thank you all for the compliments. We just deal with what life brings us, don't we?!

Lynn said...

Beautiful it. Thanks for following my blog! Yours is awesome...I'm learning about a disability that I'd never heard of before.

I don't have a blogroll on my blog linking up my favorite blogs...I need to do that!

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