Sunday, January 26, 2014



Carrots, Eggs or Coffee? Which One Are YOU

Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman Susie went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. 

Susie did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. 

Susie was tired of fighting and struggling.
It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen.
She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and

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 granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," Susie replied.

She asked her granddaughter to feel the carrots. Susie did and noted they had gone soft.Grandma then asked Susie to take an egg and break it.

After peeling the shell, Susie observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, Grandma asked Susie to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point,grandmother?"

Her grandmother explained each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became malleable. The egg, though easily breakabl, had an outer shell that protected its liquid interior.
But, after 20 minutes in boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique. After being placed in the boiling water they changed the water instead.

"Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter.

"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 a 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, the beans release 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 hours are the darkest and trials are their heaviest, do you elevate to another level?

Me, actually I am like a hamster, running aimlessly inside the wheel but that is another story!


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