The carrot, an egg or coffee beans – An Inspirational Story

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2It was the first day in our MBA course that we were about to experience a PD lecture,we all were filled with joy and looking forward to what it had in store for us.
Being into this competitive world we were skeptical of our future and scared to face the upcoming adversity in life when we move out for our realistic living which can be full of hardships.
Our trainer entered the hall asking us how confident are we?
Nikki said,” life outside seems tough to me”.
Sid opinioned that world, like our college will not be full of merry.
Jas whispered,” hardships will take away all the fun “.
Our trainer that day took us to the lab. He started filling three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Without a word, he let them sit and boil.
Soon the pots started to boil. In the first pot, he placed some carrots. In the second
pot, he placed some eggs. Finally, in the last pot, he placed some ground coffee beans.
“What do you think will happen to the carrots, eggs and coffee beans?” asked the trainer.
“Cooked?” replied Sid.
After 20 minutes, he put out the fire and brought us closer to the pots. ”Feel them,” he
said, “what do you notice?”
We noticed that the carrots were now soft.
He then asked us to take an egg and break it. After peeling off the shell, we observed the
hard-boiled egg.
Finally, he asked us to sip the coffee. We smiled as we tasted coffee and its rich aroma.
We all were looking forward for the reason of such an activity.
Trainer started explaining that each of these objects had faced the same adversity —
boiling water — but each had reacted differently.
The carrots went in strong, tough and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the
boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile with its thin outer
shell protecting its liquid interior. However, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. On the other hand, the ground coffee beans had dissolved but in
exchange had added flavor to the water!
Trainer asked, “What to do you like to be?”
Now think about this:
The boiling water is like the problems and troubles in our life. When adversity knocks on
your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
Are you the carrot that seems strong, but when faced with pain and challenges, become soft
and lose its strength?
Or are you the egg that starts with a kind heart, but changes with the heat? Have you
become hardened and stiff after quarrels and with your family and friends? Sometimes, while your “shell” looks the same, was the inside bitter and tough with a hardened heart?
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very
circumstance that brings the pain. It’s not hard to notice that as the water gets hot, the
coffee bean dissolves and adds colors and fragrance to the water. If you are like the
bean, it’s when things are at their toughest that you get better and change the situation
around you.
We all replied saying that we’ll be the coffee beans.
The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.