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“Thank You for Being One of Life’s Blessings”

The story of the cracked pot


A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. 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 two full years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak all the way back to your house.”

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered 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.”

In our hectic lives, it’s easy to forget to say “I Love You”, or even a simple thank you to appreciate the special people in our lives who love us for who we are.

As some of you know, my mom was the reason that I started Maya’s Hope. I always took my mom for granted until she was gone. When I lost her, I reflected on all my achievements, my path and my education. Then, I was consumed with the greatest amount of guilt for never thanking her enough for everything she did. I held the utmost appreciation for every little or grand sacrifice she made for me, for loving me for exactly who I am, and for constantly reminding me that I have value. But now that she’s gone, I can never tell her, “Thank you.”

It’s because of my mom’s unconditional love that I am able to share that same love with the children I meet at orphanages, and it’s what drives my mission to reach out to children who may have never experienced the unconditional love that can only come from a parent.

Celebrate Life’s Blessings

And that’s why we’re excited to bring you our Life’s Blessings Bracelet!

Unlike jewelry you buy for yourself, this bracelet is special because it’s meant to be a symbol of appreciation you give to someone who’s made a positive impact in your life — someone who loves you for exactly who you are, and someone you appreciate for everything she’s done for you.

This special someone might be your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, niece, cousin… your teacher, doctor, nanny, pediatrician… or a treasured friend.

Each leather bracelet is lovingly hand-made and adorned with Swarovski crystals, by our friends Sandy and Stevie at Jewels for Hope. This bracelet was even featured in the 2012 Oscars Gift Lounge!

Sandy and her daughter Stevie

About Jewels for Hope

Jewels for Hope was founded by Sandy D’Andrea in 2009 after her experience as a caregiver for nearly a decade for her mother, who was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Sandy, a free-spirited, loving wife & mother of 3 girls (and two black labs), is a self-taught jewelry designer who believes that “giving back” is most important. A portion of all their sales is donated to charities like Maya’s Hope.

This bracelet embodies the spirit of our Maya’s Hope family. As you give this gift to celebrate someone you love, you should feel great knowing that your purchase will support our efforts here at Maya’s Hope, as well as a socially conscious small business (Jewels for Hope)!

To get your Life’s Blessings bracelet, please visit here.

Thank you for your love and support!