Life’s trials often lead us to seek solace and wisdom from those we trust. A distraught woman, discovering her husband’s infidelity, turned to her wise grandmother for guidance. The grandmother’s response was unconventional but insightful.
She boiled three pots of water and placed a carrot, an egg, and coffee beans into separate pots. Perplexed, the granddaughter inquired about the purpose of this experiment. Her grandmother urged patience.
Afterward, the grandmother removed the carrot and asked her granddaughter to observe. The boiling water had softened the carrot, while it had hardened the egg. The coffee beans, however, had transformed the water.
The grandmother posed a question: “Which one are you, the carrot, the egg, or the coffee bean?”
This parable teaches us that adversity can affect us differently. Like the carrot, it can make us soft and more understanding. Alternatively, we might become stronger, like the egg. Or, as the coffee beans do, we can change our circumstances and rise above challenges.
The lesson is clear: in facing adversity, choose to be the coffee bean. Adapt, transform, and elevate yourself.