MoHow Posted By Dr. MO A young woman who had many problems complained to her father about her life and how things were so difficult for her. She said that she did not know how she was going keep going and that she wanted to give up. She was sick and tired of fighting and struggling. It felt to her that as one problem was solved two new ones arose.
Her father, who was a chef, told her that he wanted to help and asked her to follow him to the kitchen. once there, he filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. Then, in one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He asked his daughter to have a seat and the two of them sat and watched the pots sit and boil, without saying a word.
The daughter was anxious and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. Next, he pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a mug. Turning to her he asked, “Darling, what do you see?” she replied: “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,”
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 all of this mean, Father?”
He explained that each of them, the carrots, the eggs, the coffee beans had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each had reacted differently. The carrots went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but after being subjected to the boiling water, they had softened and become weak. The eggs had been fragile. Their thin outer shells had protected their liquid interiors, but after sitting in the boiling water, their insides became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed to the water.
“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how have you responded? Were you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? And, however you responded, is this how you want to respond in the future, or do want to learn to deal differently with adversity? ”
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