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A Parable


The Parable of the Potato, Egg and Coffee Beans by Begin With Yes

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 took 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. "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 explained that the potatoes, the egg, 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 one 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?"

The moral of the story:

In life, things happen around us, and things happen to us. The only thing that truly matters is your choice of how you react to it and what you make of it. Learn, adapt, and choose to make the best of each experience.


I love this story. It is always our choice in how we respond.

The days we find ourselves in are unique, like nothing we have ever experienced before. To be honest, I'm bored. I'm one that stays on top of projects that need to be done. Check. I did my crafty. Check. I've read several books. Check. I've taken pictures. Check. I've written my blogs each day. Check. I've filled our flower pots, got the fountain up and running. Check. I went to the mailbox and found a surprise from Wimberley (Belinda). I've enjoyed being outside. Check. I've had special times with God. Check. I know I'm blessed. Check. 

Check out these beautiful hand blown glass eggs. Thank you to Belinda from BellaVida B & B in Wimberly, Texas. Trinity eggs, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Which one should represent each part of the Trinity? Easter is nearly here. Even in this season of unrest in our world...Easter is coming. My favorite faith day of the resurrection and new life.




Tomorrow will be a new day. I know I will fill it with the same things because I find comfort in routine. I am going to try to add something new into my day (not cleaning the house, though). It is my choice to have a great day. Yes, I will ... have a great day!