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Carrot, egg, or coffee....

Posted by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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Carrot, Egg and Coffee Bean – author unknown

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 do 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?”

Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity wilts, becomes soft, and loses strength? Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or are you the coffee bean? Actually changing 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?

by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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calsmom62
by Silver Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I replied other. Alot like the coffee bean but also a bit like the egg. Adversity makes me more resilient, too. What doesn't kill you...
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calsmom62
by Silver Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I replied other. Alot like the coffee bean but also a bit like the egg. Adversity makes me more resilient, too. What doesn't kill you...
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grandmotherof6
by Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

that was beautiful

Delila12
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM
That was beautiful. The whole time I was thinking coffee. But honestly, idk. I could be all 3 at times. I definately go in strong, but how I come out depends on the situation and the circumstances.
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2012Rabbit12
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM
egg.
Mrsfarr
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM
I'm a pasta. Hard and useless at first then I come out all tasty and good with garlic butter... Wait... That went to a weird place. :/
Maybe I'm bread? Sometimes, I fall apart and get uselessly mushy.

Sorry I ruined your thing. It was good. Nothing really sounds like me though.
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unspecified42
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

A bit of egg and coffee, I think. I was a teenage mom, single for over eight years now. I've got an amazing kid, a good career, and am marrying the love of my life in May. 

But I'm also an ER nurse, and that has definitely hardened me somewhat. It's a job you can't do without creating some resilience. You can't watch someone drop dead while holding your hand ordo CPR on a 4 month old without hardening your heart to it all a bit. It's just self preservations.

tatinbriansmom
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Thanks for sharig this

Ladybugmama86
by Silver Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

 I am kind of like the coffee bean, but kind of like the egg to. I tend to protect myself more after certain things have happened.

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taKENheart
by Flovely on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

 I'm all 3 but not at the same time.

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