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Carrott, Egg or Coffee?

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Carrot, Egg, or Coffee Bean?

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 3 pots with water and placed each on a high fire.  Soon the pots came to a 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 20 minutes she turned off the burners.  She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl, and did the same with the eggs.  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 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 her to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.  The daughter then asked, “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 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?  Do 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
tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean?  The coffee 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.

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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