Saturday, 28 January 2017

What are you after adversity?

I love what Arthur Golden said about Adversity  "Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are".

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?

I don't know what turbulence you're currently in, what's important is how you come out of it.

Here is a story of the Potato, egg and the coffee bean.
They all went through he'll but came out differently.

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

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?

And I'm asking you tonight, which are you?

And remember  Yvonne Pierre's words...

"Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and
be unstoppable!"


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