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Which are you like - a carrot, an egg or 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 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 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 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, "Mom, what does it mean?"

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?=2 0Did 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 on20the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

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 happy.


Asked by tasches at 1:51 PM on Mar. 25, 2011 in Just for Fun

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Answers (11)
  • Egg.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I love it. Thanks for the parable.(that's what I'm calling it anyway)

    Answer by mommy_jules at 1:59 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I used to be an egg but my DH has helped me into being a great cup of coffee.

    Answer by Philly247 at 2:00 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I love it. I used to be an egg but now I am coffee (nice little personal story behind that ) I think a person can be flexible and become the one they need to be at that moment. :)

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 2:03 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • (((I hope everybody bumps this)))

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 2:04 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I try to be coffee, but if I was anything other than that it would be a carrot.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 2:21 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • Egg.

    Answer by rosetoes at 4:35 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I've been told that I "rise to the occasion", so I guess my CafeMom name is well chosen to answer this question.

    Answer by CoffeeWriter at 6:55 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I would say a carrot, but I try to be coffee

    Answer by MOM2DYLnHAYLEE at 12:46 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Coffee!...DH was in the Navy and is now a Motor Cop so I have learned to be strong because I had too.

    Answer by Congenial at 1:32 AM on Mar. 26, 2011