Facing Adversity with mindfulness\nThe Carrots, Eggs and Coffee Story:\nI met with a college athlete last week who was struggling with balancing the demands of her sport,\u00a0 academics, and missing home. The level of confidence she once had was disappearing.\u00a0 She disliked most of her classes with the exception of one particular class.\u00a0 The professor of the class took her aside one day and asked her if everything was alright.\u00a0 This student-athlete shared her troubles with the professor and he listened intently. Then he told her a story about carrots, eggs and coffee.\nIf you fill three pots of water and placed them on a high flame and bring them to a boil.\u00a0 Once the water in the pots was boiling, place in one pot the carrots, in the second is eggs, in the third is coffee grounds.\u00a0 Watch the pots boil and after about twenty minutes, turn off the burners.\u00a0 Fish out the carrots and place them in a bowl.\u00a0 Pour the eggs out and place them in another bowl.\u00a0 What is in the third pot? Coffee.\nWhat is the moral of this strange story?\nEach object placed in the boiling pot faced adversity, but each had reacted differently. The carrots went in strong and came out soft and weak. The eggs went in fragile and came out hardened. The coffee grounds were different: they changed the water. We can always choose how we face adversity. Mindfulness can assist in looking adversity directly in the eye and choosing to be the coffee.\u00a0 Change your surroundings by managing your thoughts.\u00a0 It takes awareness, practice and patience. You can do it.\nWhich one are you-the carrot, the egg or the coffee?