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.
Are we not the same?
What is the real difference between the egg and us? I would submit there are two main differences.
First, the egg cannot think and reason. Second, the egg has no ego, its purpose is to serve…
it is willing to become whatever is required in the service of humanity.
As humans, the only creature on this planet with the ability to think and reason, the only creature not controlled by instinct alone, we have the ability to choose.
The Universe saw fit to gift us with free will. Some might argue this truth. We will not be discussing the truth of this concept here and now. Let’s stay focused on oneness, versatility, and adaptability instead.
As an egg, I see unlimited potential for myself. There are so many different opportunities for me.
I can be an appetizer, a snack, an ingredient, a main course, I can be separated, mixed, whipped, blended, cracked, crushed, minced, sliced, diced, or destroyed.
I can be thrown in anger and in fun. I can be carried on a spoon in a race. I can bring a smile to the eyes of a child and put love and gratitude in the hardest of hearts…
The smile of a child often melts the heart of even the most petrified and impenetrable.
Cakes and pancakes, waffles and omelets, quiche, an orchestra, a choir, a team, a municipality, a county, a city, a state, a country, a world, we’re all eggs…
I’ve never heard any politics coming from the inside of an egg carton.
Interestingly enough, you can even mix them all up, hard, soft, white, brown, colored, all together in one place, and there will never be a sound. No complaints, no arguments.
No screaming, no yelling, no name calling, no judgment. No ego…
Just eggs in a carton, ready to serve, ready to be a part of whatever is required to support the greater good.
Versatile, adaptable, the incredible edible egg.
Versatile, adaptable, the incredible egoless human! Not without ego but with less…
Not intent on being right or wrong, better or worse but intent on making humanity better.
I’m not suggesting we become eggs, we already are. What I’m suggesting, is that we become curious and ask instead who stands to benefit from turning us against one another?
Who benefits when we forget that before we became any one of the labels that are so readily applied to us, that we are human beings first.
We are not human doings…
More alike than we are different, how might we be more alike on the inside, while still showing up however we choose?
If you wish to be an omelet, then be the best omelet you can be.
If you wish to be a beacon of hope as an egg alternative, that’s great but don’t think that because you have less cholesterol, you’re better than any other egg.
And most importantly, when you go back into your respective communities, places of employment, schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, or any other place of gathering, remember there are brown eggs, white eggs, colored eggs, hard eggs, soft eggs, scrambled eggs, over easy, deviled, baked, boiled, fried, and of course let’s not forget my favorite, poached.
And with or without hollandaise sauce, we are all eggs…
Keep Pedaling, Keep Going, Keep Growing!