Feb 5, 2013

Tasteless Coffee


I've heard a super tsugoi analogy between hardship and life today. I altered it a bit though but still . . .

     There was once a young man who had encountered so many many many hardships and endured so many many many unfortunate events in his life that he almost give up his life. His last resort was meeting a very famous motivational speaker at his town, sort of. He was hoping to get some advice. Let's just picture that speaker as an old wise guy with white beard wearing tiny spectacles, well now I'm picturing Dumbledore -.-'  Ah well that'll do. 

     So anyway, the young man asked the old man, "Oh wise old man, I have encountered so many hardships in my life. How do I deal with this?" And the old man told him, "Go to my kitchen. Take a handful of coffee powder and a glass of water. And the young man did as he was told. "Now, put that coffee into that glass of water and drink it. How does it taste like?" Asked the old man. The young man did as what he was instructed and drank it. "Bitter!" he exclaimed after having a taste of one drop of it. His face contorted as he tried to neutralize his taste bud by licking his lips. He couldn't bring himself to drink all of it. "Exactly." responded the old man and then he instructed him, "now go take another handful of coffee powder and come with me." The young man went to get another handful of coffee powder and followed the old man to a well. 

     He poured down the coffee powder into the well, and asked the young man to have a taste of it. "Now how does it taste like?" the old man asked. "Nothing, tasteless. It's not bitter at all." said the young man with a puzzled face, not knowing what exactly  does this prove. "Now young man, that is life." Said the old man, smiling at the young man's puzzled face. He continued, "Your hardship in life, was a handful of coffee powder. If you put it in a glass of water, it'll taste bitter but if you put it in a well, it has no taste at all. Now that glass and well, is your heart. If you accept the hardship with an open heart, it'll be a breeze but if you accept it with a small heart, it'll suffocate you. You see the main crux here is not how many hardships you have in life, but how open your heart is as you accept and deal with them." 

The young man smiled.

Foot paddler

"Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. "Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people." (2:286)

When in difficulties, looking at the people who have it worse than us could help us to be thankful, insyaAllah.

And hey, we got sugar so why must we let it be bitter?



  1. very nice analogy indeed. yeah it's true that after every hardship comes ease. you just have to endure the pain with all the might you have and insyaAllah you will survive. that is a promise given by Allah. So worry not child :)

  2. insyaAllah. Some times might seems unbearable but indeed, He does not test us more than what we can bear :)


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