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 and eggs out and placed them in separate bowls 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, “What does it all 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?

Consider this:  Which one would best describe you Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?  Are you the egg that starts with a soft heart, but changes with the heat?  Did you have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, become hardened and stiff?  Does your shell look the same, but on the inside reveal bitterness with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?  Or are you 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 at their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

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 forgiven past you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

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.

May we all be COFFEE !!!

 

NOTE:  My niece, Brianna, sent this to me in an email – thought it was worth posting for the rest of you!

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About cakboliv

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia to wonderful missionary parents, Howard and Maxine Morarie. Grew up in Bolivia, both in a remote jungle village

6 responses »

  1. Markrmorris2 says:

    I think my next blog entry may have to
    be “Confessions of a former hardboiled egg!” Great story, is it original?

  2. optionalg says:

    you my friend .. are coffee .. no make that espresso .. no a double shot.

    thanks for the post.. much needed today

  3. optionalg says:

    on side note.. i am coffee in a bad way.. may everything bitter and dark .. brood in that

  4. Photo Buffet says:

    What an inspirational analogy! I’ll never look at carrots, eggs, and coffee in quite the same way again. Thanks for posting it.

  5. Meghann says:

    Wow thats great I think I am going to take this and show it to other people…Oh goodness I want to be coffee all the time~!

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