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
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
However, the ground coffee beans were unique.
After they were exposed to the boiling water,
they changed the water and created something
“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?

Miss Anyetta. Thank you.


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