Potatoes, Eggs, Coffee Beans

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 of the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one followed soon after.

Without saying a word, her father took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on the hob at a high heat. 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 boil, still 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 hob. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He scooped the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

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 realised that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and look inside. After pulling off the shell, she saw a hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich yet bitter aroma and taste brought a smile to her face.

“Dad, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – in this case, 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 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? “

As we know, in life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Saurab says:

    A beautiful story!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Girl says:

      Thank You

      Liked by 1 person

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