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How we react to the difficulties

June 2, 2017

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so difficult for her. He did not know how to go forward and he thought he would give up. I was tired of fighting. It seemed that when one problem was solved, another appeared.
Her father, a chef, took her to her place of work. There he filled three pots with water and placed them on the fire. In one placed carrots, in another placed eggs and in the last placed coffee beans. He let them boil. Without saying a word.

 

The daughter waited impatiently, wondering what her father was doing. In twenty minutes the father put out the fire. Took out the carrots and put them in a bowl. He took out the eggs and placed them on another plate. Finally he poured the coffee into a third bowl.

Looking at his daughter, he said, "Dear, what do you see?"; "Carrots, eggs and coffee" was her answer. He made her come up and asked her to touch the carrots, she did and noticed that they were soft. Then he asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Then he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she enjoyed the rich aroma.

Humbly the daughter asked, "What does this mean, Father?" He explained that the three elements had faced the same adversity: boiling water, but they had reacted differently. The carrot arrive to the water strong, solid; But after going through the boiling water it had become weak, easy to undo. The egg had reached fragile water, its thin shell protecting its liquid interior; But after being in boiling water, its interior had hardened. The coffee beans, however, were unique: after being in boiling water, they had changed the water. "What are you, daughter? When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?" He asked his daughter.

 

Are you a carrot that looks strong but when adversity and pain touch you, you become weak and lose your strength? Are you an egg, which begins with a malleable heart, possessed a fluid spirit, but after a death, a separation, or a dismissal you have become hard and rigid? Outwardly you look the same, but are you bitter and rough, with a spirit and a hardened heart? Or are you like a coffee bean? The coffee changes to boiling water, the element that causes you pain. When the water reaches the boiling point the coffee reaches its best taste.
If you are like the coffee bean, when things get worse you react positively, not letting you beat and make things around you better, that in the face of adversity there is always a light that illuminates your way and that of the people That surrounds you. You scatter with your strength and positivism the "sweet aroma of coffee".
And you ?, Which of the three are you?

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