(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. 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. She brought her closer
and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they had
gotten soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After
off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her
to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma,
and then asked, "What's the point, Mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity-boiling water-but each reacted differently. The carrot
went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to
boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been
fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But,
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
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
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough
stiff spirit and a 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
better and change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you
elevate to another level? How do you handle Adversity?
* ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?
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