Sunday, March 28, 2010

Your "flaws" are truly gifts!

I received this story in an email from a friend last week and knew right away I wanted to post it to this blog. Apparently it has been floating around for quite awhile, but this was the first time I have ever received it. Enjoy!

A 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 walks 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 two 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.

Remember: You are beautiful and perfect!

Until next time,
Dr. Mark William Cochran
Chiropractor, lightworker, energy healer, writer, speaker
Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

PS: An update on the Oby Phenomenon:
If do not yet have your own copy of Oby's Wisdom! A Caveman's Simple Gude to Health and Well-being, why wait any longer? For those readers here in the Inland Northwest, you can pick up a copy at these locations:
Spokane: Auntie's Bookstore, downtown
Coeur d'Alene: Hastings
Sandpoint: Inquire Within, Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, Zero Point and Vanderford's Books & Office Products

Upcoming book signings:
April 10 - Hastings, Coeur d'Alene, 2-4 PM
April 17 - Borders in Coeur d'Alene, 1-3 PM
April 29 - Auntie's Book Store, Downtown Spokane, 7-9 PM. A reading, Q&A will precede the book signing.

You can also visit the official Oby's Wisdom website to purchase a copy.

Oby is also available through Amazon and your favorite local bookstore.


Betsy said...

Hi Dr. Mark! Thank you for the email- I went and got my copy of Oby's Wisdom at Zero Point yesterday. I am LOVING it! I have been sitting here all morning reading it and reading aloud passages to my partner! I have at least 2 friends in mind who will be getting a copy soon. In beauty and perfection, ;) Betsy

Dr. Mark William Cochran said...

Thanks, Betsy! I'm glad you're enjoying Oby's Wisdom!

Betsy said...

I just finished it and I didn't want it to end!! It is a beautiful, important book. I must admit I bought it in part to support you as a local writer...but now I see that this can/should be a national bestseller. I am going to get copies for alot of people. It is so inspiring and I am pumped up! I also got a cut, let it bleed, and spit on it...smiling the whole time, thinking of you! xoxo

Dr. Mark William Cochran said...

Thanks, Betsy!