Without saying a word, the old lady goes into the kitchen. She fills up 3 pots with water and puts it on the oven. As the water begins to boil, she puts a few carrots in the first pot, some eggs in the second, and coffee beans in the last.
After 20 minutes, she turns the stove off and pours each pot’s content into separate bowls. Then she asks her granddaughter: “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” answers the girl bewildered. Then the grandmother tells her to feel the cooked carrots, to peel the hardboiled eggs out of the shells, and to take a sip of the coffee. The grandmother does as instructed. “But why do all that?” asks the young woman, still bewildered.
The grandmother explains: each of the 3 ingredients had to face the same circumstances: being in a pot of boiling water - but each reacted differently. “The carrots came hard, strong, and unyielding into the pot. But after being in the boiling water, they became soft and pliable. The egg was fragile. it’s thin shell protected its liquid insides. But after it was cooked, its interior, its core became strong. The coffee beans were unique. But after they entered the boiling water, they changed the water.