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Carrot, egg, or coffee....

Posted by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:44 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 10:44 PM
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lisahappymom
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Well, one of my professors told me that people are like tea bags in that you find out what they're like when you put them in hot water, and I guess your above question is a similar analogy.  I think which one we are depends on the situation.  Probably many of us struggle with figuring out when to be flexible, stronger, or influential.  I know I do!

SallyB_LMT
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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I don't identify with any of those analogies.  When faced with problems I deal with them and move on.  I don't become stronger or weaker, I don't make a big stink or try to change the situation.  I just live through the issue and survive it.  I guess that would mean that I'm like a waterchestnut.  I stay about the same, no matter what you put me through.

EmilyJ604
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

My husband has always asked how I can pick out the good in everyone and find something happy in the darkest unhappiest times so I would like to say Im like the coffee bean

jellybeanjean
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

egg/coffee bean hybrid here =) Depends on the situation.

Love this story btw OP!

jellybeanjean
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Clever =)

Quoting SallyB_LMT:

I don't identify with any of those analogies.  When faced with problems I deal with them and move on.  I don't become stronger or weaker, I don't make a big stink or try to change the situation.  I just live through the issue and survive it.  I guess that would mean that I'm like a waterchestnut.  I stay about the same, no matter what you put me through.


G2Mama
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I guess I would be like carrot, coffee, and egg soup!

Jinxed8
by Gold Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I don't know if I associate with any of these either ... I don't come off as fragile so I can't be the egg, I don't buckle under pressure so I'm not the carrot, I don't necessarily change or adapt to a situation so I'm not quite coffee.  I'm more like salad dressing bahahaha !!  Im oil and vinegar !  Can be served cold, or act as a marinade or cook with - I am multi tasking and deal with it all !

KylesMom409
by Linnette on Feb. 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM
Coffee bean. Very interesting story!
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TableforSeven
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I am apparently a really gross soup.....carrot/egg/coffee soup. :-)

erikadi
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I am both a carrot and and an egg.

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