A young lady called Ifunanya [Love] one day went to her mother and informed her of her life and how bad things were for her.
She told her mother that she was tired of struggling because she did not know how she was going to make it and was about to give up.
It appeared that, as one predicament is solved, a new one emerges. After her explanations, her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on fire.
After a while, the pots started boiling. In the first pot carrots placed in it, in the second pot she placed eggs, and in the last pot was coffee beans.
She allowed the pot boil, without speaking a word. In about twenty minutes, she switched off the fire.
She took the carrots, the eggs, and the coffee out and placed them in a bowl. And Turned to her daughter, and asked her, “Ifunanya my daughter Tell me, what do you see?”
Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the daughter responded. The mother now took her closer to those boiled items and asked her to feel the carrots.
She did and discovered that they were soft. She instructed her to pick an egg from the bowl and break.
After removing the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma and asked, “Mother, What does that mean?”
And the mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same affliction, trouble, adversary, and difficulties at the process of boiling. Though each of them reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard and ruthless. But, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile.
It’s light and weak outer shell had protected its liquid inside. But, after resting in the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however.
After passing through the boiling water, they changed the color of the water. Which of these objects are you? the mother asked her daughter.
When misfortune, calamity, adversity and the troubles of this world knocks on your door, how do you respond to it? Do you behave like the carrot, the egg, or the coffee bean?
Think of this question very carefully, And ask yourself which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong in the beginning but, amidst pain and adversity.
It faded away and became soft and lost its strength? Am I the egg that starts with a flexible heart, but changes with the heat of the fire?
Did I have a liquid spirit like an egg?. And when am heat by the death of a loved one, disappointment, a breakup, or financial hardship.
Does my shell look the same on the inside, or did I turn with a strong spirit and a hardened heart?
Am I like the coffee bean? The coffee bean actually changes the hot water. And never allowed the very circumstance that brings the pain to it to determine its position.
When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor, making it bring out the best of it.
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? Do you keep going even when the journey gets tougher?
Or do you surrender to troubles and predicaments when they come? Are you like the bean that when things are at their worst, and when it seems there is no hope anymore.
You continue to move on, get better and change that particular situation around you that wanted to weigh you down.
Every one of us must also understand that every person, I mean every person on earth has one problem or the other that faced him or her, even the wealthiest individual on the earth has challenges in life.
It is true there are times in everyone’s life when problems appear to be overwhelming, taking over everything about you, and you feel like giving up hope.
Because you believe you might not be able to get through such a situation. But immediately, you start taking responsibility for those your problems and adversaries.
And you begin to set a path to correct and fix them in a constructive way. Then you will discover that you can deal with any problem that comes your way.
That even when the hours are at its darkest and trials at their greatest you remain steadfast and unshakeable.