The struggle of life

Contributed by : Shina Utavani   
The struggle of life

This is a story of coffee, daughter, egg, father and potato.

Moral(s) of the story: confidence and struggle

Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought her life was miserable. She did not know what was going on in her life. She was tired of struggling and fighting all the time. She was tired of dealing with all her problems. One day, she complained about her struggle to her father. Her father was a chef; he took her to the kitchen. He placed three pots filled with water on high fire.

Once the water started boiling, he placed a potato in the first pot, egg and ground coffee beans in the second and third pot respectively. He then waited for the water to boil. Her daughter impatiently waited wondering what her father was doing. After twenty minutes, he took out potato and egg out of the pot and placed them in different plates. He placed the water with the coffee beans in a cup.

He then asked her daughter what she noticed. She replied, “A potato, egg and coffee beans.” Her father told her to look closer and touch the potato. She did and noticed that they were soft. He then asked her to break the egg. She saw the boiled egg after pulling off the shell of the egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee from the cup. The rich aroma of the coffee brought smile on her face.

Then, she asked to her father the reason behind doing this activity. He replied that the potato, egg and coffee beans each faced the same problem- the boiling water. However, each reacted differently. The potato went in strong and hard but in boiling water it became soft and weak. The egg was weak with a thin layer protecting its liquid until it entered the boiling water. After, keeping it into the boiling water, the inside of the egg became strong. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were put into the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

Her father then asked her, “Which one are you? How do you respond in your difficult times? Are you a potato, egg, or a coffee bean?


In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.

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