Cracked Pot – Chinese Proverb

Will and Guy have obtained an inspirational PowerPoint
Presentation explaining the old Chinese proverb of the 'Cracked Pot'.  The PPT starts slowly, the
wisdom builds up nicely, and leaves you with a warm glow.
There is always something inspirational about proverbs and parables.


The journey begins one April morning

Cracked Pot - Inspirational Chinese Proverb

The story starts with an elderly Chinese woman who has two large pots, which she carries with a pole balanced across her neck.

The lady returns with the pots of water

Chinese Proverb for April

Each day the elderly Chinese woman goes to fetch water in her two large pots.

Notice how the cracked pot leaks water

Cracked Pot - Chinese Wisdom

Precious water is dripping onto the ground.

Now let us focus on the benefit of the cracked pot - lovely flowers

Cracked Pot - Waters the flowers

The presentation explains the proverb much better than I have, please take a look:

Inspirational Chinese Proverb - The Cracked Pot

Free PowerPoint Slide Show -
Proverb of the Cracked Pot

Incidentally, 2014 is the
Chinese Year of the horse.

Transcript of the Cracked Pot - Good Chinese Wisdom

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.

To all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the
flowers, on your side of the path.  Take the time to absorb this
inspirational Chinese proverb

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As you watch the presentation keep thinging of the difference between
logical thoughts and "lateral thinking.

How to Create an Inspirational PowerPoint PresentationHow to Create a PowerPoint Presentation

Making presentations in PowerPoint is satisfying, moreover, it's easy to get
The PowerPoint program is intuitive to learn and easy to create your own PPT
slides and build them into a slide show.  If you have
Microsoft Office you may find that you already have PowerPoint along with Word
and Excel.

One way to begin is simply to open any example presentation.  Just
download one of our free PPT files and open it with PowerPoint.  As you examine the slides, so it will become obvious how
to add pictures and titles, if you do get stuck, ask the wonderful built-in 'Help'.  To
make an inspirational slide show requires these skills;

  • Imagination - Think of a motivating idea, then build a themed slide set
  • Artistic - An eye for a good picture
  • Wordsmith - Choose a catchy title for each slide
  • PowerPoint mechanics - Actually, this is the easiest skill of them all, the
    program is so intuitive.
  • Latest techique - Use Skydrive.  Import to your public folder,
    embed in your web page.

Good luck with creating your inspirational PowerPoint Presentation

Will and Guy

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