Are You The Carrot, The Egg or The Coffee Beans?
Once a daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so complicated for her. She did not have any idea of how she was going to get through it and wanted to give up. She was tired of struggling. It seemed that as soon as one problem was solved, another one took its place.
Her father took her to the kitchen, and filled three pots with water and placed each on the oven hob. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one of the pot he placed carrots, in the second pot he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let his daughter sit and watch the pots boil, without saying a word.
The daughter Sucked her teeth and impatiently and wondering what her father was doing. After about twenty minutes he turned off the burners.
The father took the carrots out of the pot and placed them into one of three bowls. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in the bowl next to them and finally, he poured the coffee into the final bowl. Turning to his daughter he asked. “What do you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied……..
She came closer and felt the carrots, noticing 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. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
“What’s the point to all of this?” She inquired.
Her Father explained that each of the items had faced the same adversity – i.e boiling water – but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong and hard. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” he asked his daughter innocently. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Do you become weak, like a carrot, hard on the inside, like an egg, or do you change the circumstances, like the coffee beans?”
We cannot control what happens in life, but we can control how we react