I recently read an e-mail
that posed this question: "Which are you a carrot, an egg or a cup
of coffee?" The answer may surprise you.
A young woman told her mother about her difficult life and how she
wanted to give up.
Her mother took her to the
kitchen, filled three pots with water and turned the burners on
high. In the first, she placed a carrot, the second an egg and in
the last, ground coffee beans.
Twenty minutes later she
put the carrots, eggs and coffee in separate bowls. Turning to her
daughter, she asked her, "Tell me what
"I see carrots, eggs and coffee," she replied.
Her mother asked her to
feel the carrots. They were soft. The mother then asked the daughter
to take an egg and break it. It was hard-boiled. Finally, the mother
asked the daughter to sip the coffee. It had a rich taste.
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
differently. The carrot went in
strong, hard and unrelenting, but it softened and became weak. The
egg had been fragile, but became hardened inside. The ground coffee
beans were unique, however. After being placed in boiling water,
they 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?"
carrot seems strong, but with pain and adversity, wilts, softens and
The egg starts with a
malleable heart, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship
or some other trial becomes hardened and stiff.
The coffee bean
actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings
pain. It makes the best out of the situation and enriches it.
MAY WE ALL BE COFFEE!