Express your Gratitude for Your ‘Test Kitchen’

You can always express your gratitude as demonstrated in this short little tale. I am not sure where it originated.

Gratitude-KitchenA young woman was complaining to her father about how difficult her life had become.

He said nothing, but took her to the kitchen and set three pans of water to boiling.

To the first pan, he added carrots; to the second, eggs; and to the third, ground coffee. After all three had cooked, he put their contents into separate bowls and asked his daughter to cut into the eggs and carrots and smell the coffee.

“What does this all mean?” she asked impatiently.

“Each food,” he said, “teaches us something about facing adversity, as represented by the boiling water.” The carrot went in hard but came out soft and weak. The eggs went in fragile but came out hardened. The coffee, how-ever, changed the water to something better.

“Which will you be like as you face life?” he asked. Will you give up, become hard—or transform adversity into triumph? As the “chef’ of your own life, what will you bring to the table?

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Laurence Hansen on March 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    That is such a great, straight-forward illustration of how we can choose to not only rise above, but improve our circumstances.

  2. Sue Graber on March 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Paul, I’ve read this before and it definitely needs to make the rounds and remind all of us that despite adversity, something great can come out of it!!! Thanks for that reminder!

  3. debbie katz on March 28, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Ooohh! Good one. I’ve not seen this one before, but I like it and will share. Thanks paul.

  4. Dan on March 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Hello Paul – Hey, I like your coffee / egg / carrot story. Coffee as a catalyst – hmmm – I’m drinking my morning cup of coffee now with contemplative interest, and more gratitude. I must come to your site more often. Have a nice day – Dan (IMC Member).

  5. Menka on March 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    wow, this is something to remember and share with many people. Thanks Paul.

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