I put three kernels of corn into a little puddle of oil, put the lid on the pot and waited for them to pop before adding the rest of the corn. The heat creates pressure which causes them to transform from hard, little yellow kernels, you couldn’t possibly eat, into big, white, fluffy clouds of, to me, a little bit of heaven. I thought about some of the pressure I have been under, past and present, and wondered if I could pop out so well as the popcorn did. I thought about how a diamond is formed and did a little research. I found that diamonds form about 100 miles (161 km) below the Earth’s surface, in the molten rock of the Earth’s Mantle, which provides the right amounts of pressure and heat to transform carbon into diamond. In order for a diamond to be created, carbon must be placed under at least 435,113 pounds per square inch (psi or 30 kilo bars) of pressure at a temperature of at least 752 degrees Fahrenheit (400 Celsius). That much pressure will either kill you or make you a diamond! It is the pressure and heat that creates something special from something ordinary.
Let me give you an object lesson Take a carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee, fill three pots with water and place each on a high fire. In each pot place one of the three things, a carrot, an egg and some ground coffee beans. Let them sit and boil about twenty minutes, then take the carrots and the eggs and place them in a bowl. Ladle the coffee out and place it in a cup. Tell me what do you see? They all faced the same adversity, boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans are unique, however. After they are in the boiling water, they change the water. Which are you? When adversity comes how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
I want to quote something and I don’t know who the credit goes to, I have seen it in several places and I love it, so I will pass it on to you, “May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling!”
Excuse me; I think I’ll go pop some corn!