Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans


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? “

Moral: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?

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Self awareness techniques


We all need to take a break sometimes. sometimes our body tells us to take a break by getting sick. We don’t want the latter to happen so here’s a few tips to help us relax, chill out and deal with some of the tests that are put before us from time to time.

  • Slow down and breathe.  Notice what you feel in your body.  Breathe into tight or tense spots with a sense of warmth and loving kindness toward yourself.
  • Practice sitting meditation, and learn to let go of your thoughts.  Here’s one way to do that:  Sit in a comfortable, upright position.  Notice the cool breath as you inhale, and the warm breath as you exhale.  When thoughts intrude, simply label it “thinking” and come back to your breath.  As you continue to practice, even five minutes a day, you will realize that your thoughts have no substance.
  • Give your negative voice its own identity.  For example, as I continued to meditate, I was able to separate that negative voice that criticized me and put me down.  I even gave it a name, “Bertha” and a different voice than my true voice.  When Bertha reared her ugly head, I would say “Oh, Bertha, you are just a thought that I don’t need”  and I was able to let those thoughts go.
  • Cultivate friendships, and develop compassion for others.  When we are depressed, we tend to have tunnel vision and are self-centred.  Giving to others will bring you joy.
  • Get out in nature.  Walk.  Become mindful of the pleasant feelings you get from hearing the sound of birds, feeling the sun and breeze, seeing the blue sky and beautiful landscape.  Let those feelings embrace you.  Tell yourself, “I deserve this.”
  • When difficult situations arise, find others you can share your feelings with.  Life is  full of struggles, but those struggles do not have to define you.  Write about your feelings in a diary and don’t isolate yourself.

Hope you like these. Try them and perfect them.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Stay hungry.

Now go make YOUR mark