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R U a Carrot,Egg or Coffee...this is a must read ..........................
March 3, 2006
11:14 am
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CARROT, EGG OR COFFEE

To all my "coffee" friends. This is just too great not to pass on.
Carrot, Egg and 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
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
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 heart aches. 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.

It's easier to build a child than repair an adult
This is so true - may we all be COFFEE

March 3, 2006
11:25 am
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I think I was a carrot, then an egg....but still changing....not a coffee bean yet.....maybe just a kind of jasmine tea now......

Thanks for your post. I need to rethink about myself.....

March 3, 2006
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codryn,

What a great story!!! Thank you for sharing it.

Love,
Lolli

March 3, 2006
11:24 pm
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This is awesome. Thanks for posting it. It's a keeper....I'll be printing it out and posting it on the fridge.

Not sure which one I am. Definitely not the carrot (anymore). I hope I'm not the egg, although I do have my days when I am pretty hard on the inside. Not sure I've grown to the coffee level yet...working on it though!

March 4, 2006
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(((Codyrn)))

What an AWESOME analogy brimming with wisdom, insight and intelligence. Yes we definitely need to be like the coffee beans. We need to be like the salt of earth that seasons whatever we fall on or comes our way.

Life is too short shorter than we expect. We need to become wise all the time!

Thanks for sharing honey!

~Ras~

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