Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee Beans

The Potato, Egg and Coffee Bean
There was once a daughter who kept complaining to her father about how miserable her life was 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 as if she's dealing with a never-ending list of problems to go through.

Her father, a chef, decided to take 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 was her father doing.
After twenty minutes the father 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. He turned to his daughter and asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and said 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. The rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?”, she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water.

Boiling Water
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became 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 one 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?”
How about you?

Life obviously would not always be about the good or the bad, but the decisions between what happened and the consequences on how you reacted. How you react defines who you become.
So, which one are you?

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