Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
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Wow. Episode number 50. Can you guys believe that? You have already listened to 50 episodes of our English Bites. Isn’t it super amazing? Actually, that’s much more than amazing, that’s a very important MILESTONE. In case you don’t know this word, a MILESTONE is an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. And if you’re listening, working hard to learn new words, checking your understanding, seeking improvement… I’m pretty sure you’re much better now than when you started. Guys, it’s ok if some of you are a little behind the schedule. The most important is what you’re doing and not how fast you’re doing it.
Have something in mind, guys: YOUR SPEED DOESN’T MATTER AT ALL. FORWARD IS FORWARD!
Well, today’s English Bites is pretty special so I chose a motivational story that will make you guys think better about how you face adversity in your lives. I simply love this story and I hope you also like it.
Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.
After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.
However, 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 ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “
Yep, in life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.
So now I’d like to take the opportunity and ask you guys. Which one are you? Are you a potato, an egg or ground coffee beans? Of course, I’m not expecting you to answer me anything. I want you to think about it. If necessary, listen to this story again, take note of what it’s important to you and reconsider your actions and attitude from now on.
So, that’s it for today guys. I really hope you have enjoyed today’s episode. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and for listening to this English bite. If you have any suggestion, anything you’d like to learn from our English Bites, please let me know alright?
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