between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom

Viktor E. Frankl

“A daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable.
Her father, a chef, filled three pots with water & placed each on high fire , till they started boiling . He placed in each potatoes , eggs and ground coffee beans .
After twenty minutes he placed each of them in a bowl .He ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
He said to his daughter ‘Touch the potatoes.’ She did and noted that they were soft.
He asked her to take an egg and break it , 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 had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong & hard, but it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile until it was put in the boiling water. The inside of the egg became hard.
But the coffee beans were unique, they changed the water and created something new.

He asked his daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?’

We can’t control our circumstances , we can definitely control the way we respond.