Updated: Jan 20, 2019
This was originally written in 2014.
Few days ago, I read a short note on pots; a cracked vessel and a new unbroken one. It revealed the plight of the cracked pot, which was ashamed of itself because it could not hold as much water as the other. After confessing to its owner, it found out that its brokenness (which was considered a shortcoming by it) was the reason for the beautiful flowers by one side of the road. The owner realized that the pot was broken, and she altered its function to a "watering can" for her flowers. Reading this reminded me of the story about the hare and the tortoise. Both stories reveals a theme worth contemplating about.
You might have heard about the story of the hare and tortoise. In a little town of animals, Mr. Hare is famous for his unbeatable celerity. Mr. Tortoise, on the other hand is mocked for his tardiness. This particular characteristic of the tortoise is defined by his fellows as a weakness, and the hare's speed is considered a strength by many. One day, a race is set for the hare and tortoise to run. This race is a setup to mock the tortoise because all evidence gathered (before the race) concludes that the hare will win the race. The hare and the tortoise have a polar ability in speed, and so the tortoise has absolutely no chance of winning. However, Mr. Slow Tortoise won. Mr. Hare had retreated on the way and slept in his pride, believing he will still win.
Mr. Slow Tortoise allowed his virtue of perseverance to overcome his vice. In other words, he nullified the effect of his flaw by elevating his strength. He interpreted his weakness as motivation, and he pushed himself to cross the finish line. Mr. Hare swam in a pool of pride, and he was drowned by laziness to failure.
Tortoise's victory at the end of the day was not as a result of the intervention of a celestial power that transformed him into a super tortoise. Mr. Slow Tortoise allowed his virtue of perseverance to overcome his vice. In other words, he nullified the effect of his flaw by elevating his strength. He interpreted his weakness as motivation, and he pushed himself to cross the finish line. Mr. Hare swam in a pool of pride, and he was drowned by laziness to failure.
How a person sees and interprets who they are affects how they approach life. That which is to one man a horrible flaw is to another man, strength. As humans, we may not have it all to count as perfect but we have enough to accomplish. Do not make your strengths weaken you. Let them lead you to fulfillment. Whatever your weaknesses are, work around your weakness by elevating strength within and without.