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  • Writer's pictureEzekiel Ong

From Bitter Beans to Sweet Brews: Cultivating Inner Strength for Life's Journey

Updated: Mar 29




Picture this: You're enjoying a hot cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, sending the steaming liquid splashing everywhere. Was it the person's fault the coffee spilled?


Not entirely.



While the bump might have been unexpected, what ultimately spilled out was determined by the contents of your cup. If it had been tea, tea would have spilled.


The same goes for Life.


Life throws its bumps and jostles our way, just like that clumsy passer-by.

When challenges arise, what spills out of us is determined by what we have chosen to brew within, it is not dictated by external forces.


The choice is ours. We choose what to brew.


We can fill our metaphorical cups with ingredients (anger, fear, and negativity) that create a bitter brew, one that leaves a sour taste in our own mouths and those around us.



Or, we can choose to infuse it with gratitude, patience, gratitude, forgiveness, and optimism, creating a warm and comforting experience even amidst challenges.


So, what flavours do you want your life's brew to have?


Instead of dwelling on the bitter taste of negativity, consider filling your "cup" with these 5 enriching ingredients:

  • Gratitude: Even amidst challenges, find things to be thankful for.

  • Forgiveness: Let go of resentment and choose to move forward.

  • Joy: Seek activities and moments that bring you happiness.

  • Resilience: Develop the strength to bounce back from setbacks.

  • Positivity: Choose to see the good in yourself and the world.



By consciously filling your "cup" with these qualities, you'll be better equipped to navigate life's bumps with grace and positivity. Even if the coffee gets shaken, the flavours you choose to share will be one of strength, resilience, and a spirit that refuses to be broken.


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