The story is shared of a young woman went to her mother telling her how things had been difficult in her life, with the thought of giving up because she was tired of the endless struggles with diverse problems. Her mother then took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed each on a burner until they got to boiling point. In the first she placed carrots, second eggs, and the last ground coffee beans. She let them boil without saying a word. Twenty minutes after, she turned off the burners. She fished out the carrots, the eggs and ladled the coffee out in a bowl. She asked, “Tell me what you see.” Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel them all. The carrots were soft, the egg hardboiled and the coffee beans melted with sweet aroma in the water. The daughter smiled as she tasted the rich aroma. The daughter asked after “What does this mean?” Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity, the boiling water but each reacted differently. The carrot went in hard, unrelenting but came out weak. The egg went in fragile with thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior but became hardened. The ground coffee bean was unique in that it had changed the water. So which one do you think you are?” she asked her daughter. The response is left for you to judge.
As we draw the curtain on 2011, we have individually been subjected to heat in our academics, career, business and life pursuits. We need to do an assessment as we look forward to 2012 with expectations. “When adversity knocks on our doors? Do we assume the disposition of the carrot, an egg or coffee beans?” give these your thoughts this week!