Little lessons – life taught me!

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My Grandmother was typically old-fashioned lady with her own absurd and old ideas but she was my best buddy in times of need. A hug from her made my day bright and I forgot what I was going through. she had her own ways of teaching me the priceless things which no one else would ever tell me.
One day I was fed up and it had been almost 14 years since I got married. I left my in-laws’ place and started complaining her about how many difficulties I was facing and how disgusted I felt at times. 
My parents immediately took my side and said I was right in behaving in a certain way. Their acceptance for my behaviour or accepting my irritation towards my in-laws made me happy. I felt that at least someone on the earth really ‘ understands me’.
But my grandmother did not say anything. she simply kept quiet and asked me to talk to her the next morning.
The next morning, I expected her to hug me and console me as I was fuming with anger. But she did not utter a word. She stood in the kitchen and was busy cooking something.
I thought that she was not interested in my affairs so I was leaving but she called me up again and kept three different pots of water for boiling on the gas burner.
When the water started boiling, she added Potato to one pot, an egg to the other and tea leaves to the last one.
I was patiently but angrily seeing all this. After all, was done, she removed it from the gas burner and asked me what it was.
As such my mind was not in control so I rudely replied POTATOES, EGG and TEA.. what else could we get, we had just kept that on the gas burner… I was about to leave when she asked me to have a cup of tea.
I sipped the tea and felt relieved. Later she asked me to touch the potato. I could feel that it had turned soft, which was quite hard before boiling.
Then she asked me to touch the egg. The egg’s outer shell had become hard and when I broke it, I found it was boiled inside.
The tea leaves had already blended themselves into a fine cup to tea which I had already drunk.
I thought that the party was over. My grandma stopped me and gave me an important lesson.
She told that all three, the potato, the egg, and tea leaves faced same boiling water—- the adversity but each one reacted 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 tea leaves were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
‘Which are you,’ she asked me. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or  tea leaves?’        
This was an eye-opener for me and I realised that it is me who decides how to react or respond to situations.
Archana Prabhune..  


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