It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 16

Let's honor our mistakes by allowing them to teach us. Let's consider our failings to be gifts, and share them humbly with others. Let the cracks in our perfect facades let in light and air so that new life can grow through them. 

Molly Gordon

August 24th -  Embrace the Cracks and Let Your Light Shine Through!

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. We need to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.

Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

 Author Unknown

There is nobody perfect and that includes me.  We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. 

The trick is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.


It’s the ones who’ve cracked that the light shines through


betty said...

I think it is good to acknowledge our faults and our cracks and then to see how we might want to change them or at least grow from them. A good way perhaps to make our days go a bit smoother.


jack69 said...

Ain't it the truth! Oh yes I have some cracked friends also. So I guess cracked isn't always bad. (smile) Thanks for the reminder.

Rick Watson said...

Another beautiful post. I love the bucket story.


That bucket story is one of my favorites. Also love this quote, "Let the cracks in our perfect facades let in light and air so that new life can grow through them."