Are you a carrot, an egg, or a cup of coffee?

Old 03-23-2007, 05:46 AM
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Are you a carrot, an egg, or a cup of coffee?

One of my SR buddies sent me this and thought it would make a good thread. I agree, since there's been a lot of discussion the past few days on handling what comes at us all. It's been attributed to Maya Angelou, but I have no proof of that - hard to tell sometimes.


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 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?

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 heartaches.

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.
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:24 AM
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Can we transition from one to another and end up being all three at some point in time???

'Cause the way I see it, I used to be a carrot. In some situations, I have found it necessary to become the egg, but only temporarily. Maybe both of those have led me to where I currently am...'in training' to be a cup of coffee!

Great post Denny!
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:23 AM
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I cannot take credit for finding this - so I hope Zoey doesn't mind if I say it was she who sent it to me :-)
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:16 AM
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Don't mind, and Thank You much, denny !
Also wonder if it would be a good sticky?
Mike, what do you think?
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Good one....thanks---i wish I was the coffee
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:27 PM
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Beautiful..thanks for sharing this.
Armed with booze, I was the egg
Without it, I feel like the carrot...but day by day I'm working on the brew!
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