This is an astonishing story that teaches people of all ages an important lesson. A little girl once went to her grandma and confided in her. She told her grandma that her husband had cheated on her, leaving her powerless and bewildered. The girl was weary of battling all the time; it seemed like every time she solved one difficulty, another one arose.
Her grandma listened to her narrative before accompanying her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and set them to boil. She put some carrots in the first pot. She added some eggs in the second pot and coffee beans in the third. She didn’t say anything when she left them to boil.
The grandma turned off the burner and removed the three objects after twenty minutes. She put the carrots in one bowl, the eggs in another, and the coffee in still another. “What do you see?” she asked her granddaughter. The girl answered, “Carrots, eggs, and coffee.” The grandma then requested her to smell the coffee, break open the eggs, and touch the vegetables.
The carrots were tender when the girl touched them. She then cracked open the eggs and discovered that they had been hard-boiled. Finally, she relished the wonderful scent of the coffee.
The grandma then conveyed the story’s moral. She stated that all three objects had encountered the same situation – boiling water – but had behaved differently. The carrot, which had been firm and unyielding before boiling, had softened and turned feeble. The egg, which had a delicate covering, had hardened on the inside. The coffee, on the other hand, has altered the water, improving it.
“Which one are you?” the grandma asked her granddaughter. “Are you like the carrot, the egg, or the coffee bean when faced with a problem?”
This story serves as a reminder that we all confront terrible events throughout our lives, but how we respond to them is what defines us. Do we, like the carrot, become feeble and lose our strength? Do we grow as tough and bitter as the egg? Or, like the coffee bean, do we rise to the occasion and improve things?
We were sobbing when we were born, while everyone else was smiling. Life isn’t always easy, but we get to choose how we respond to the difficulties we meet. Do we look like a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?