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
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.
boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and
impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.
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.
out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you
coffee,” she hastily replied.
“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. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to
mean?” she asked.
the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the
strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the
boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they
changed the water and created something new.
his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you
a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “
happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is
what happens within us.