Allen (allengator86) wrote,

Carrot, Egg, or Coffee?

Which one are you? Just for fun, pick one out that you think will come out on top.

Carrot, Egg and Coffee

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
She fished the carrots out and placed them in a
She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me,
what do 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,

Her mother explained that each of these objects
had faced the same adversity .. boiling water. Each reacted

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.


I hope I can become more like coffee. How about you?

The Allengator
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