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 burner.
Once the three pots of water began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and coffee in the third pot. He then let them boil for a while, without saying a word to his daughter.
The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After about twenty minutes, he turned off the burners.
He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He also poured the coffee out and put it in a cup.
Turning to her daughter, he asked. “Daughter, 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 could not be broken.
Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She did and its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee had each faced the same adversity; the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but with the pressure from a 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. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
However, the coffee was unique. After it was exposed to the boiling water, it changed the colour of the water and created something new, pleasant and impressive.
“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter.
“When adversity knocks on our door, how do we respond? Do we react to it like the potato, an egg, or a coffee?”
Lessons from the story:
1. In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how we choose to react to it and what we make out of it.
2. Life is all about learning, leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles and turbulence that we experience into something positive.
3. Life can only get better, when we understand that we are blessed with the power to make things work for us.
4. Tough times do not last, it comes and leaves...how we respond to it matters a lot.