Which One Are You? Potatoes, Eggs, or Coffee Beans

An Inspirational Short Story to Motivate Us

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Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Teresa

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

Ziad K. Abdelnour

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

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After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

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“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won’t anymore,
And who always will.
So, don’t worry about people from your past, there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.

Adam Lindsay Gordon

“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.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.

Dale Carnegie

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

You live it forward, but understand it backward.

Abraham Verghese

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.

God is bigger than time,
dates, and appointments.
He wants you to move
through this day with a quiet heart,
an inward assurance that
He is in control, a peaceful certainty
that your life is in His hands,
a deep trust in His plan and purposes,
and a thankful disposition,
toward all that He allows.
He wants you to put your faith in Him,
not in a timetable.
He wants you to wait on Him
and wait for Him.
In His perfect way He will put everything
together, see to every detail…
arrange every circumstance…
and order every step to bring
to pass what He has for you.

Roy Lessin

“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? “

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5_12 A Morning Affirmation for Success

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Affirmations: Positive Statements To Say To Yourself In The Mornings

The greatest benefit of Affirmations is to use them in the mornings. However, if you are not a morning person you are more than welcome to use them in the afternoon or in the evening hours of the day. Incorporate morning affirmations into your daily routines. We are aiming to remain positive throughout the entire day.

 How To Use Affirmations

  1. Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling to a count of 10.
  2. Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Smile, if it feels natural.
  3. Say your affirmation (or list of positive affirmation) slowly and clearly.
  4. Repeat the affirmation(s) 3-5 times, really focusing on the meaning of each word.
  5. Take another three deep breaths, allowing your body to absorb the positive feeling of the affirmation(s). Reference

 An Affirmation In The Morning

“I am, and always will be, enough.”

What Inspires You In The Mornings?

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Affirmations: Positive Statements To Say To Yourself In The Mornings

The greatest benefit of Affirmations is to use them in the mornings. However, if you are not a morning person you are more than welcome to use them in the afternoon or in the evening hours of the day. Incorporate morning affirmations into your daily routines. We are aiming to remain positive throughout the entire day.

 How To Use Affirmations

  1. Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling to a count of 10.
  2. Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Smile, if it feels natural.
  3. Say your affirmation (or list of positive affirmation) slowly and clearly.
  4. Repeat the affirmation(s) 3-5 times, really focusing on the meaning of each word.
  5. Take another three deep breaths, allowing your body to absorb the positive feeling of the affirmation(s). Reference

 An Affirmation In The Morning

“I acknowledge my own self-worth – my confidence is rising.”

What Inspires You In The Mornings?

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Affirmations: Positive Statements To Say To Yourself In The Mornings

The greatest benefit of Affirmations is to use them in the mornings. However, if you are not a morning person you are more than welcome to use them in the afternoon or in the evening hours of the day. Incorporate morning affirmations into your daily routines. We are aiming to remain positive throughout the entire day.

 How To Use Affirmations

  1. Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling to a count of 10.
  2. Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Smile, if it feels natural.
  3. Say your affirmation (or list of positive affirmation) slowly and clearly.
  4. Repeat the affirmation(s) 3-5 times, really focusing on the meaning of each word.
  5. Take another three deep breaths, allowing your body to absorb the positive feeling of the affirmation(s). Reference

 An Affirmation In The Morning

“I let go of any negative feelings about myself or my life, and accept all that is good.”

What Inspires You In The Mornings?

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Motivation Monday Quote

Monday is the day of the week some of us plan a new start, a new beginning. On Monday mornings people really struggle with the blues or even just getting out of bed. We are going to start our Mondays off on the right foot with #MotivationMonday. We are going to jump start with Motivational Monday picture quotes. Let’s just breath, relax and let the motivation flow.

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 Stop watering things that were never meant to grow in your life. Water what works, what’s good, what’s right. Stop playing around with those dead bones and stuff you can’t fix, its over…leave it alone! You’re coming into a season of greatness. If you water what’s alive and divine, you will see harvest like you’ve never seen before. Stop wasting water on dead issues, dead relationships, dead people, a dead past. No matter how much you water concrete, you can’t grow a garden.

T. D. Jakes

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Affirmations: Positive Statements To Say To Yourself In The Mornings

The greatest benefit of Affirmations is to use them in the mornings. However, if you are not a morning person you are more than welcome to use them in the afternoon or in the evening hours of the day. Incorporate morning affirmations into your daily routines. We are aiming to remain positive throughout the entire day.

 How To Use Affirmations

  1. Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling to a count of 10.
  2. Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Smile, if it feels natural.
  3. Say your affirmation (or list of positive affirmation) slowly and clearly.
  4. Repeat the affirmation(s) 3-5 times, really focusing on the meaning of each word.
  5. Take another three deep breaths, allowing your body to absorb the positive feeling of the affirmation(s). Reference

 An Affirmation In The Morning

“I work well under pressure and always feel motivated.”

What Inspires You In The Mornings?

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An Inspiring Short Story Saturday: Life

The Short Story of Life

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, longlost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger) but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

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Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.

John Barth

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

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If they ever do my life story, whoever plays me needs lots of hair color and high heels.

Charlize Theron

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

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People need to understand that what happens in people’s homes and behind closed doors, unless you were there, you really shouldn’t make any analogy or any assumption, which writers do quite a bit. It’s not something I ever for one second thought about. This is not my life story, and I’ve never told my life story, and I have no interest in telling my life story.

Charlize Theron

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

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Share your story with someone. You never know how one sentence of your life story could inspire someone to rewrite their own.

Demi Lovato

Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. Short Story Reference

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Stories have inspired me all my life. I like reading about what other people have done and it inspires me to share my own stories, and encourage people to make their own life stories.

Phil Keoghan

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Do You Have An Inspiring Short Story To Share In The Comments Today?

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5 Friends to Follow on 5.4 #FollowFridays

#FF #FOLLOWFRIDAY #FOLLOW FRIDAY

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Follow Friday’s 

 I would love to introduce you to five (5) blogs that I personally #follow whether you have a few #following or many. I actually follow a variety of #bloggers not just those that are meant To Inspire Us!

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The five featured bloggers for the weeks of 05/04 to 05/18 are as follows:

  • Simpliv LLC
    Learn. Teach. Earn
  • Author’s Canvas
    Where writing is celebrated
  • The Insides
    Don’t h8, apprici8
  • Christian News, Devotional, Leadership, Church, Evangelism, Conference, Worship, Pastors , Bible, Gospel Music,Gospel,Salvation, GoodNews, Disciples, Cross,Winning, Love, Mercy,Bible Study,New Testament, Church,Matthew,Mark, Luke, John,Heart, Soul, Body,Mind,Spirit,Church History, Books, Pastorso, Evangelists. Teachers, Apostles, Healing, Leadership, Grace, Salvation, Faith,Lifestyle and Entertainment,
  • Artist by Beauty
    art . lifestyle . beauty

I want to thank all of my readers whether I follow you, you follow me & my likers as well. I hope you will enjoy some new readers in the community.

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If we have not yet connected & you will love to be a featured blogger in Follow Friday’s to gain exposure in the community

**PLEASE** provide me with detailed, yet brief information in the comments.

  • Briefly Share What Your Blog Is About
  • Provide a Link To Your Initial Blog or a Post/Link from Your Blog from current posts
  • Share Another Blogger/Follower in Your Community
  • Provide a Link to Their Blog or a Favorite Post You Love From Them
  • Provide a Brief Description of the Blog Referenced in Bullets #3 & #4

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Affirmations: Positive Statements To Say To Yourself In The Mornings

The greatest benefit of Affirmations is to use them in the mornings. However, if you are not a morning person you are more than welcome to use them in the afternoon or in the evening hours of the day. Incorporate morning affirmations into your daily routines. We are aiming to remain positive throughout the entire day.

 How To Use Affirmations

  1. Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling to a count of 10.
  2. Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Smile, if it feels natural.
  3. Say your affirmation (or list of positive affirmation) slowly and clearly.
  4. Repeat the affirmation(s) 3-5 times, really focusing on the meaning of each word.
  5. Take another three deep breaths, allowing your body to absorb the positive feeling of the affirmation(s). Reference

 An Affirmation In The Morning

“I have everything I need to face any obstacles that come”.

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What Inspires You In The Mornings?

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5.3 What to Post on #ThrowbackThursday

#ThrowbackThursday #TBThursday #TBT

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WHAT’S IN YOUR ARCHIVES ON THROWBACK THURSDAY’S?…

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 Let’s Take It Back To The Most Influential Posts You Have Stored Away In Your Archives.

Used to rock a throwback ballin on the corner, now I rock tailored suit lookin' like a owner. - Jay-Z

Used to rock a throwback ballin on the corner, now I rock tailored suit lookin’ like a owner.

Jay-Z

I will be obliged to start with no more than three of my own #TBT which were from my very first posts in October 2017

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New To Blogging!

My Journey_As A New Blogger

How Not To Live? Or Is It OK

I am so excited to see what you have stored away in your memoirs.

Thanks For Sharing In The Comments Below!

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