Everybody has a life story. A story full of adversities, sorrows, moments of joy and laughter. But some adversities are so harsh that we tend to lose all hopes and tend to give up to such situations. The way we react has a huge significance on where the situation would lead! No matter what, we should never let adversities take a toll on us. Don’t trust me? Read on this short story-
Once upon a time, a daughter went to her father complained to him that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make through it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed like a never-ending palindrome of problems, pouring one after the another.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water & placed them on 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, impatiently waited, wondering what was going on in her father’s mind.
After twenty minutes, he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes and eggs out of the pots and put them in separate bowls.
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her, 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. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. 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 beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato 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. Then 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 potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “
Moral : In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. What matters is not the adversity of the situation, but the way we react to it.
Do you bend in front of the situation and give up, or do you manage to get out of the situation without any harm thereby emerging as an even stronger person, or do you face the situation and create new opportunities out of the roadblocks.
The choice is yours!
So, which one are you?