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« on: September 29, 2007, 10:13:20 PM »

Which Are You… a "Carrot", an "Egg", or a "Cup of Coffee"?



A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil.

In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second pot she placed eggs, and in the last pot she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" The daughter replied "Carrots, eggs, and coffee."

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity ... boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think about it... which are you?

Are you a carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?

Are you an egg that started with a malleable heart, but changed with the heat? Did you have a fluid spirit, but after adversity such as a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, you became hardened and stiff? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside now you are bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changed the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, you elevate yourself to another level.

Think about it... How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? Remember, the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Hope That Helps,



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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007, 05:51:12 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007, 06:22:02 PM »

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