Learning the Value of our Similarities, Differences, and the Pressure of Judgment
“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman
An egg, placed in a boiling pot of water, is not predestined to a specific outcome. As a matter of fact, the egg can become one of many different things…
Once boiled, the egg can be removed at a specific point in time to be enjoyed as a soft-boiled egg. It can be enjoyed plain or accompanied with a variety of spices. Salt and pepper are only two of many choices. Don’t forget the paprika!
The soft-boiled egg can be enjoyed alone or with company. We can pair it with an English muffin, a slice of our favorite bread, or over a bed of hash browns.
Leave the egg a little longer in the water and it transforms. What was once soft becomes hard. The egg was forced to adapt to the pressure and the temperature of exposure.
After the transformation, the egg is still an egg, it’s just in a different form.
The egg doesn’t get to choose what it becomes, we get to do that, we get to decide what the egg will be, how it will benefit us or others, how it serves, how we will serve it.
As an appetizer in the form of the elegant, on a tray with eleven friends, as a tiny sandwich, crust removed a perfect square, one of four, it’s still an egg.
We are not so different than the egg.
Life is not so different than the boiling pot.
A great question to ask, a point of reflection, is to question how we respond when placed into the pot? Do we become hard and rigid; do we go with the flow like the soft-boiled egg?
Do we transform completely, staying in form but with new clothes and a different mask?
Is not the Easter egg the same egg as the brown or white one? The ingredients inside the shell are the same, it is only different from an outward appearance.
The Easter egg can be stunning, brilliant, bright, colorful, humorous, etc.