The Cracked Water Bucket
Prem enjoyed helping the farmer's wife with her chores, and he got up early to do so. The first thing the farmer's wife did every morning was get water from the well.
She carried a bamboo pole with a bucket tied to each end across her shoulders. Prem noticed that one of the buckets was cracked and dripped water all the way back to the house. In fact, by the time they reached the house, the cracked bucket was almost empty!
"Why do you keep carrying that cracked bucket?" Prem asked the farmer's wife. "It's broken and doesn't serve any purpose."
"Well, that depends on what you think its purpose is," said the farmer's wife. "Didn't you notice all those beautiful flowers along the path? I planted seeds on that side of the path, and the water from the broken bucket nourishes them. Because of the crack in the bucket, our walk is filled with beauty."
Everything has its own value.
Prem’s Adventures is the presentation of forty fables and teaching tales from around the world woven into the context of a child’s journey. Unique in fable literature, each fable contributes to the plot yet is freestanding and provides its own insight.
The adventure is told in four books of ten fables each. The fables represent Buddhist, Taoist, Zen, Sufi, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, African, Native American, and New Thought traditions.
The fables have been selected to present a comprehensive set of morals and concepts, ranging from Western values of self-reliance to Eastern values of oneness. Together they provide forty reflective moments that can serve as a valuable foundation for any reader on a path of personal growth.
About the Author
Linda Look, a longtime fan of fable literature, is retired from a career in public policy research in Washington, DC. Now living in Wilmington, North Carolina, she is also the developer of the Cosmic Karma Game.