Potato, Egg and Tea Leaves


Potato, Egg and Tea Leaves

Raju is from a rich family. His father Narayanan was a prudent man, he had come up from a very tough life situation and by the time Raju reached high school, the family had well settled.

As Raju came up in life, it was not easy for him to face the challenges. He was getting frustrated and tired of life. One day he asked his father what to do. Thinking in depth, his father told him to bring an egg, two tea leaves, and a potato. He then brought out three vessels, filled them with water, and placed them on the stove.

Once the water was boiling, he told Raju to place the items into each pot and keep an eye on them. After 10 minutes, he asked Raju to peel the egg, peel the potato, and strain the leaves. Raju was left confused.

His father explained, “Each item was placed into the same circumstance, boiling water. See how each have reacted and resulted differently?”

He continued, “The egg was soft, but facing the heat, has now become hard. The potato was hard, but is now soft. And the tea leaves, they changed the water itself.”

The father then asked, “When adversity calls, we respond in the same manner as they have. Now, are you an egg, a potato, or tea leaves?”

Every one of us should concentrate on the positive energies within us; it will be helpful to face the challenges. As we come to terms with our strengths weaknesses, opportunities and the challenges we will be better placed to solve the problems which we face. We need to find out whether we are an egg, a potato, or tea leaves?”