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Are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee beans?
This morning, I read an instructive story written by an unknown author about a mother and her daughter. Their conversation revolves around facing adversity.
Specifically, the daughter’s difficult circumstances. She’s complaining to her mother. She’s all negative and angry about the toxic people in her family and workplace.
Instead of giving direct advice, the mother went to the kitchen. She brought 3 pots with boiling water, carrot, egg, and coffee beans and aligned them altogether on the table.
The mother put the carrot, egg, and coffee beans each in their respective pots with boiling water.
She asked her daughter to see and feel the carrot. She found it mushy and softened.
Next, the egg. After pulling off the shell, the daughter observed the resultant hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled and she tasted the coffee’s rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, Mom?”
The mother explained that each of the elements experienced the same adversity (boiling water). However, each one reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong and hard. But when subjected to boiling water, it became weak and soft.
The egg went in sensitive and fragile. Its inside got hardened after being heated.
The ground coffee beans were unique, the mother continued. After it had been subjected to the boiling water, it transformed the water.
The mother then asked her daughter, “Which one are you, my dear - carrot, egg, or coffee beans?”