A daughter complained to her father about how hard things were for her. "As soon as I solve one problem," she said, "another one comes up. I'm tired of struggling."  Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen where he filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second, eggs, and in the last, ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After a while, he went over and turned off the burners. He fished out the carrots and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. He poured the coffee into a cup. Turning to her he asked, "Darling, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

He asked her to come and feel the carrots and when she did she noted that they were very soft.  He then asked her to take an egg and peel the shell and when she did she had a hard-boiled egg in her hand. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled, as she tasted its rich flavor.

She asked, "What does it mean, Father?" He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity -- boiling water -- but each reacted differently.

1.     The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

2.    The egg was fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after being in the boiling water, its insides hardened.

3.    The ground coffee beans were unique. By being in the boiling water, the ground coffee changed the water into a rich and pleasant brew.

He asked his daughter, "When adversity knocks on your door it is you who determines how  you react?  You can give in and become weak, you can harden inside, or you change the situation and become richer because of the test.”

Author is unknown, ah- but the lesson