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July 1, 2016

You Can Choose Your Own Attitude

Dear Friend,

………… Choose your attitude every day. Choose it with care. Choose it wisely. It’s really up to you to make yourself what you what to be and you should learn to react to life the way you decide you want to. It’s all up to you. No one has the right to choose your attitude, except you.

The following story was sent to me from the internet. I think you will appreciate the message. I hope you pass the story on to those that matter in your life.

Your Friend,

A daughter complained to her father about life’s problems. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. 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 he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil without saying a word.

The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to his daughter he asked. “What do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee, “ She replied.

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. 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. She smiled, as she tasted its rich flavor.

She humbly asked, “ What does this all mean?’

He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each had reacted differently.

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

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid inside. But after sitting in the boiling water its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? “Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

So let me ask you the same question the father asked his daughter. How do you handle life’s problems and challenges?

Are you the carrot that’s tough until the hot water is thrown into the mix and then gets soft? Or are you the egg that gets tough after you’re in hot water and that toughness stalemates you into a never ending fight? Or are you the coffee beans that change the water? When things get worse you get better and make a different mixture that creates the great flavor that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.

Now before you answer this question, of how you handle life’s problems and changes, let me share my philosophy with you about problems and challenges.

My philosophy is simple. “Problems are just temporary…. This too shall pass.” easy to remember. I can remember many problems in my past that at the time seemed to be insurmountable and they have all passed and I survived. I never ignored the problem. I faced them and solved them usually using the coffee bean method when possible.

I’m sure you too can think back to problems and challenges in your past that you have overcome. Use the realization of your past successes to power your enthusiasm and vision to handle your next challenge, whenever it may come.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff…………. It’s all small stuff”

“In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings”
Ann Landers

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