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  • A Carrot, An Egg or A Coffee Bean...

    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 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, 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?

    I think there are a lot of coffee beans here! Let's make some java.

    Count your blessings, not your problems...
    Putting others first makes relationships last.
    "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take;
    but by the moments that take our breath away!"

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    Sharon.

    That is a wonderful life lesson. And as a coffee aficianado, a coffee roaster (I sell under the name Lonely Monk Coffees), and a generall coffee lover, this is one of the best life lessons I have ever heard! So I sit here sipping some "just changed boiling water" from beans roasted last evening thinking about ways I can use this story to encourage someone. Thanks for sharing.

    Peace,

    Leon
    God Squad co-moderator
    Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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    • #3
      Well said Sharon. Thank you for sharing this. Coffee anyone?
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      • #4
        OK – I ate the carrot, fried the egg and drank the coffee. Didn’t make for that great a meal after all.

        What you have to do is throw some chopped up onions into a pan with a little oil, as the onions are turning translucent lay some lox over them in the pan. When the lox (smoked salmon) turns paler, mix up the whole mess which will break up the lox into small pieces. Next pour in the beaten eggs and stir it all up together until the eggs are cooked. Now sit down with a nice cup of coffee, a bagel with cream cheese, and the lox and eggs.

        By the way – welcome to the gastronomic Jewish religion.
        Burt

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