The Leaky Bucket – When Imperfections Are Advantages

There are several versions of this leaky bucket fable, but I like this short version the best.

The Leaky Bucket Fable

Two buckets lived in a village. They carried water every day from the river to the people.

One bucket was old, warn, and cracked, and lost half it’s water by the time they reached their destination. It felt terrible not fulfilling it’s sole purpose.

However the younger, newer bucket (without cracks) told the older bucket to look behind the trail they walked each day… The water dripping from the older bucket had watered a beautiful path of flowers.


“Precisely the thing you thought made you broken was the exact same thing which made you so powerful. What you thought was your greatest flaw, was exactly what I needed to make our world a more beautiful place.” – Rabbi Jason Rosenberg

Are You a Leaky Bucket?

Some days, you feel like an old leaky bucket. Or a cracked pot that used to work perfectly fine, but over the years you’ve started to let things slip.

Even worse… when there is a young, perfect bucket next to you doing a great job, you feel like a bitter failure in comparison.

But remember this: Beauty is found in imperfection.

Your unique flaws can actually be personal advantages, allowing growth of flowers in other people’s lives. Your purpose may not be “to get water” anymore — it could be “lighting the path for other people to get water” in life.

Here are some similar stories to the leaky bucket fable that you should check out also:

Embrace your flaws today, peeps – they are probably what makes you so awesome!

Joel 🌸

leaky bucket fable

**Feature pic by Pedro da Silva. Thank you!