My dear folks – I have a story to share today. How lovely to start
Monday morning with this! Enjoy!! And may it inspire you as much as
it does me!
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…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
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
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. W hen 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?