Potatoes, Eggs, or Coffee…Facing Adversity

Enjoy your Monday and may it be a day of peace for you all.

We all have faced adversity at one time or another and will most likely face it again and again.  The actual definition of adversity is; a state of hardship, misfortune or affliction, an unfortunate event or incident. When we are going through tough times it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it takes a certain attitude to be able fight a good fight during a time of uncertainty.

Being a breast cancer survivor I can totally relate to dealing with uncertainty and the struggle to make the right choices each day, to make the best out of life and all that comes with it.  Below is a great story about those choices that we can make during the tough times we face, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.  It certainly was a great refresher course.

The Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee

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 pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.527900_cooking_an_egg

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.503493_coffee_1

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which 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?”

In life, things happen around us and things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

~author unknown

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