Adversity : Do you wilt or blossom !!
A young professional with everything that most can just aspire, constantly crib about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose
Her Mother, a old lady, uneducated, living in a village, set up a demonstration of boiling three different objects. She took her to the kitchen. Women resisted as she thought mother wants to teach her cooking.
She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.
She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, Tell me, what do you see? Carrots, eggs, and coffee, the young woman replied.
The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, What does it mean, mother?
Three different objects [Carrot, Egg and Coffee Beans] when faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently.
- The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, 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? When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
Are you like the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, wilt and become soft and lose strength? Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour.
If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? Be like the mcoffee beans.