[permaculture] Permaculture mythology

Carla McAuley carlamcauley at earthlink.net
Sun Jul 14 03:53:27 EDT 2002

Beautiful story, Scott.  Thanks for sending it.  How are you?

Sorry I didn't get back to you last fall about community plans and land
design.  I had a relapse in my cancer and have been very sick, had to move
to the big city to be near medical treatment.  I'm now in Belgrade, the
airport town for Bozeman, about 10 miles from downtown.  I sold my trailer
and got a two bedroom, wheelchair accessable, apartment in a four-plex.  My
friends packed all my stuff and moved me to Belgrade while I was in the
hospital with liver failure and a pulmonary embolism.  I am MUCH better now,
and think I may actually be headed for another remission now that we know
what the essential ingredients in the treatment are.

Anyway, it's nice to touch base with you.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: permaculture-admin at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:permaculture-admin at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Scott Pittman
  Sent: Saturday, July 13, 2002 5:44 PM
  To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
  Subject: [permaculture] Permaculture mythology

  This story struck me as a good pc parable.


  A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a
pole which he carried across his 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 bearer delivering only
one and a half pots full of water to his house.
  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect 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 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, and I want to
apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this
crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.
  Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get
full value for your efforts"
  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 planted flower seeds on your side
of the path.
  Every day as 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
  Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But, it's the
cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so interesting
and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and
look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be
bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your
  Blessings to all my crackpot friends

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