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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Which one are you?

I found this on Gary Craig's website


Which one are you?

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 touch 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. "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. 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 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, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. Which one are you?

This story courtesy of http://www.homeholidaysfamilyandfun.com

5 comments:

  1. Sure, everyone would like to be coffee bean.. but I know well I was the egg for the last 10 years... and I'm in a transforming state right now... in between all of that I'm scared... but not sure anymore about what I am... But... can you expect a potato to act like a coffee bean??
    Some people have it already... others have to work hard to reach there... ;-))

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  2. I started out as the potato. After this past year I have blossomed into the egg. Maybe someday with hubby's help and encouragement I will make it to coffee.

    What an interesting little piece. Thanks.

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  3. Hi again Malcolm,

    I've read some of your comments on another blog and checked yours out. Hope that was ok. :) You are a very interesting man.

    Sorry my profile took you to the Trying to Soar blog..lol. Too funny. (for the record, I'm there for the cleaning kick in the butt, not so much the weight loss one..lol)

    Here is my hidden blog, you may find that one a bit more interesting..lol. I am new at this stuff, the sharing the feeling things.
    http://kay848.blogspot.com/

    Nice to meet you!

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  4. I agree with Searabbit. These stories are great, but a lot of what we respond with is the what we intrinsically *are*. It takes a lot more than a simple decision to become "the coffee"--although certainly a decision is one step. It's a simple story, but (as I bet you know), it takes deep transformative work of one sort or another to really respond to life differently. Sometimes stories like this irritate me because they point out the end result (we should all be the coffee), but they don't lend any guidance on how we can change to be the thing we wish to be.

    Besides, I want to eat soft potatoes and cooked eggs--so why are we judging against them, even metaphorically? Doesn't this story invite us to judge things that are living out their own natures?

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  5. Julie, I don't think the story is inviting us to criticize the things in the object lesson, only to consider whether we are acting like an egg or a potato.

    It is a simplistic metaphor, but I think we can learn a little from it.

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