Sunday, February 27, 2011

Carrots, Eggs, Coffee

A really good friend of mine sent this to me right after Jen broke up with me, I thought it was pretty awesome and wanted to share it! Thanks Shannon xoxo....

Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee!

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee..You will never look at a cup of

coffee the same way again.

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 she

placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she

placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a


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 you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

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 of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with

pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the

heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a

financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and

stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and

tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes 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 do you

elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you

a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make

you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you


The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;

they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The

brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go

forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone

around you is crying.

May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!!

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