The other day I heard the most thought provoking story which I would like to share with you here:

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it.  She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time.  It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen.  He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.  Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot.  He then let them sit and boil without saying a word to his daughter.  The daughter moaned and impatiently waited wondering what he was doing.  After twenty minutes he turned off the burners.  He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He took the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “What do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.”  She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.  He then asked her to sip the coffee, which she did, and the rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

She looked at her father inquisitively and asked, “Father what does this mean?”

The potatoe went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.  The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water.  The inside of the egg became hard.  However, the ground coffee beans were unique.  After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter.  “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a potatoe, an egg or a coffee bean?”

At this time in the history of the world, life as we have known it is changing.  None of us know what the new ‘normal’ will be.  In life, things happen around us, and things happen to us.  The only thing that truly matters is your choice of how you react to it and what you make of it. Learn, adapt and choose to make the best of each experience.

So, what will you learn from this crisis and how will you react to it?  Will it be a defining moment in your life to create something new?  Will you be a potatoe, an egg or a coffee bean?

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  1. Cynthia Banks 07/05/2020 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Love it! Going for the coffee 🙂

    • CarolC 08/05/2020 at 4:31 am - Reply


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