One time a girl let out all her frustrations about her life to her father. She said that her life was full of setbacks. There seemed to be no end to her problems.
Her father, a chef, led his daughter inside the kitchen. He took three same sized pots and filled them with the same amount of water, He sat the pots on the stove and turned on the burner. When the water started to boil, the father put coffee beans in one, put eggs in the second, and potatoes on the last.
He quietly observed the three pots. The bored daughter stood there and was impatient with the silence, and wondered why her father was cooking the coffee, eggs, and potatoes in front of her.
After 20 minutes passed, the father turned the flames off. He spooned the potatoes from the water and transferred these to a bowl. Next, he took the eggs from the water and laid them in a second bowl. He poured the brewed coffee into a mug. He asked his daughter, “What do you see?” To which she replied, “Coffee, eggs, and potatoes.”
The father said, “Take a good look and feel the potatoes.” She touched it and stated that they were soft. The father asked her to break an egg. She did just that and shelled the egg. She stared at it, and it was a hard cooked egg. Lastly, he gave her the mug of coffee and told her to drink it. Both the flavor and smell of the coffee made her smile.
Finally, she broke her silence and asked her father, “What does this all mean?” The father answered, “All three of these faced the same problem: the boiling water. But each of the three reacted differently. The potato was vigorous and sturdy when it went into the water but ended up soft. The eggs were soft on the inside with only a thin shell protecting it, but toughened up inside. The ground coffee was different. It blended with the water and made itself and the water better.”
The father proceeded, “When a problem stares you in the face, which one would you like to be?”
I think about this and I am certain I would like to be the coffee. The things that come up in your life that are frustrating and overwhelming are going to become a part of who you are, that is inevitable. Your choice is simply what will you do with it. What will you focus on? Will you allow it to bring you down mentally and/or physically? Will you allow it to change your mindset about you and/or your life and abilities? Or will you incorporate it into who you are becoming? For me, I try to always work on becoming who I will be. Weird statement, I know. But I never want to be satisfied that I have become the best me I can be. I am happy with me and all that I am, HOWEVER… I can always learn more. Every day is an opportunity to make a new decision. Don’t call it a setback, call it a new opportunity!
Have an intentional day!