A Carrot, an Egg and a cup of Coffee  

_CoffeeNoCream_ 53F
6527 posts
11/22/2005 12:57 am

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A Carrot, an Egg and a cup of Coffee

a Friend of mine did send me this story a while ago. I think it belongs here with the posts, instead of being in the comment section.

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 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?"

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 stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and 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 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?

liefs Coffee

leyndokona2 49F

11/22/2005 5:42 am

I would like to think I am the coffee bean although sometimes I feel like a carrot and I can be a stubborn egg at times

wickedwench1960 56F

11/22/2005 6:18 am

Great analogy...thanks for sharing! Hope you don't mind, I copied and pasted...sent it in an email to a friend who could use a little inspiration...love your writing BTW!


interested13563 53M
2557 posts
11/22/2005 12:06 pm

Coffee bean all the way!

craic111000 58M
29 posts
11/22/2005 2:38 pm

Now I am confused. I have worked out that I am a Carrot Bean wrapped up in a shell. At least I knew where I was with the golfballs.

PetMeSanta 77F
3 posts
11/25/2005 2:54 am

cool blog, I am an Egg.......very soft boiled

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
11/25/2005 12:41 pm

Great post. As I subscribe to the belief that the world holds up a mirror to who we are I must admit to being a coffee bean.

What a great comment from nipafluff. It complements so well, like a small tablet of chocolate on the saucer of a freshly brewed coffee.

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