• Gisele Rios

Finding strength during Covid-19

My sister sent this story a few weeks ago and I thought it was appropriate to share. I know a lot of us have had difficult times. Some of us are still struggling with how the impact of closings has affected our business and lives. I think even the people we think that are most resilient have been affected. It is so unique because the whole world has been affected. It is times like this, however, that bring people together, and it is up to us on how we let is affect us. We can either take it all in and do nothing and keep feeling the struggle and feeling hopeless everyday or we can do something about it. Read the story below. Comment, Which one are you? Which one would you like to be. Im a potato.

Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable. 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 of water and placed each on 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. The daughter moaned, and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.  

After twenty minutes, he turned the burners off. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He 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 noticed they were soft. He then asked to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardboiled 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 explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water. However, each 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 became 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?” 

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