When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Life always throws things at us, it is a wave that goes up and down, a mixed bag. We all have unique ways of how we respond to things thrown at us.
How do you respond to a negative situation that arises in your life?
A story is told about a chef who had a daughter, the daughter occasionally complained to the father about all the struggles in her life; how nothing ever seemed to work out for her. One day the dad took her daughter to the kitchen. He filled 3 pots with water and placed each on fire. Once the water began to boil he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. The daughter didn’t understand the point of the whole illustration. After a couple of minutes, he took out the potatoes and the eggs and served the coffee in a cup. He then asked the daughter to touch the potatoes, she noted the potatoes had become soft, the egg had become hard and the coffee was strong and rich in both taste and aroma.
What does this story teach us?
All three of the ingredients went through the same process, the boiling water. However, each of the ingredients reacted differently. The potato went in hard and came out soft, The egg was fragile, with a thin outer shell protecting its york until it was put in boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. The ground coffee on the other hand changed the water and created something new altogether.
Which one are you? When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean.
How you choose to react to a situation matters. It will determine how you come out on the other side. It is perfectly okay to sit and wallow for a minute. However, you have to will yourself to fight. To pick yourself up and charge through. Have a positive mindset and see yourself overcoming the adversities that come your way.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill.