Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Power of Positive Thinking: Which One Are You?

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 pulled 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. "Daughter, 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 then explained that the potatoes, the eggs 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?"

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but 
the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you? When problems come (and they will) how 
will we react? Will they make us weak, hard hearted or will 
they cause us to change into something worthwhile?

Motivational Quote: "Happiness is not something you find, 
it's something you create."

Inspirational Quote: "Smile in pleasure, smile in pain; 
Smile when trouble pours like rain; Smile when someone hurts you, 
Smile coz someone cares for you."

Author: Unknown