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Overcoming Adversity

When we are in difficult time and when we encounter problems, we act negatively most of the time. We naturally seek for something or someone to blame, we called it ‘the unlucky day’ ‘jinx’ or ‘misfortune’.   If you learn to breath and think positive, you will be able to acknowledge your own emotions and go through with your obstacle.

Let me share with you this wonderful story I learned from an e-book ‘The Big Book of Inspiring Stories’ to get you started with your day and be inspired.

Once upon a time, 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 the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a Chef, took her to the kitchen.  He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. 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 sit and boil, 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 burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl.   He pulled 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 touched the potatoes”. 


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.

Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs, and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity, the boiling water.   However, each one reacted differently.  The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water it become 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?”

In life, things happen around us and things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

End of the wonderful story.

So, which one are you? I hope we can be like a coffee bean, after exposed to the boiling water, it change the water and created something new.  Other then, feeling depressed, we can start be creative.  Remember in every problems, there are solutions and in every circumstances, lies an opportunity.


Each one has to find his peace from within.  And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.Mahatma Gandhi



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