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4 July 2023

'Bloom where you are planted'

There is a very old folk tale about a woman who would carry water home every day from a river using two buckets at either end of a bamboo pole. One of the buckets was new and solid, and the other was much older and had developed some small leaks.

When the woman would finally get the buckets home, the new bucket would still have all of its water, but the old bucket has lost almost half.

The old bucket felt very badly about this and apologized to the woman, saying how sorry it was that it could no longer do its job very well.

So, the woman turned and pointed back down the road and said to the old water bucket, “Do you see all those flowers growing on your side of the road? Every day you water those flowers and my walk to and from the river is always filled with beauty.”


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