Monday, 11 August 2008

Carrot, Egg, Or Coffee Bean?

              A daughter complained to her father 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 after solving one problem, another one would arise. 
              Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. The daughter sucked her teeth and waited impatiently, wondering what he was doing. 
              In about twenty minutes time he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He scooped the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to his daughter he asked. “Darling, what do you see?” 
               “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. 
              He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. 
              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. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. 
              She humbly asked. “What does it mean father?” 
              He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently. 
              The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But 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?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

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