Sometimes we use certain terms and phrases without a thought as to how they originated. We hear things like, “one step at a time”, “one day at a time”, or even “one class at a time”. Recently, I began to ponder on these phrases trying to really understand what they meant. Not long after I realized that, each one of these phrases has to do with the process involved in getting ANYTHING done. Everything seen today is a sequence of steps. Just like none of us alive today was born an adult, we all started as almost invisible sperms, and each day saw us transform. Life and ambitions are separated by time; which can be calibrated in days. Every day has it’s peculiar lesson to be learned or taught.
Monica complained to her father, about how that her life was miserable that she didn’t know how she would succeed. She was tired of fighting all the time. It seemed as though when one problem was solved, another one lurking behind shows up. Her father, took her to the kitchen,filled three pots with water and placed each on the fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in another and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. Monica, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what this dramatic old man was up to. After a while he turned off the heat from the pots. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He did the same with the eggs too. He then ladled the coffee out into a cup. Turning to her he asked. “what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied. “Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” 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. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face. “What in the world does this mean?” she asked. “The potatoes, eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same class – the boiling water. However, each one came out differently. The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new. “Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
In life things are always happening; around us, to us, and within us. Truthfully the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. It’s from the within us transformations that steer our lives outwardly. Our daily experiences come one day at a time because we’re in a class of life where the syllabus is programmed one day at a time. Life is the teacher and God the examiner – we are the student. If we fail a lesson we won’t proceed to the next level (literally) until we re-take it. The difference between our formal university and life’s university is that one offers you a choice of elective courses while the other has all course as compulsory. You must pass them