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CARROTS, EGGS AND COFFEE


Sunday, December 02, 2012

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 THING 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 FIGHT 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 PLACE 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 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 HEAR, 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?

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.

PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO MEAN SOMETHING TO YOU, TO THOSE WHO HAVE TOUCHED YOUR LIFE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER; TO THOSE WHO MAKE YOU SMILE WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT; TO THOSE WHO MAKE YOU SEE THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF THINGS WHEN YOU ARE REALLY DOWN; TO THOSE WHOSE FRIENDSHIP YOU APPRECIATE; TO THOSE WHO ARE SO MEANINGFUL IN YOUR LIFE.

MAY WE ALL BE COFFEE!!! I JUST SIPPED MY COFFEE LIKE ALWAYS. GOD BLESS ALL MY FRIENDS WHO I CHERISH.
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JANIEWWJD 12/7/2012 2:11AM

    I feel so very fortunate to have read your blog. It makes me feel so strong because I realize that I AM THE COFFEE!!!!! Thank you so much for reminding me and may God bless you!!!!!
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CINDYCHARLENE 12/6/2012 10:56PM

    Wonderful Blog! Thank you! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/6/2012 10:51AM

    Great blog! Well worth sharing : ) emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 12/5/2012 8:09PM

    emoticon Read this blog the other day but did not get the chance to comment; since then everytime I sip my morning coffee, it has never been the same. emoticon for sharing emoticon blog!

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ROZEEROZ1 12/4/2012 11:42PM

    came back for a second time - I really like this blog. Cooking the diff items gave diff results. I am working on being the coffee bean.

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PASTORMAE5 12/4/2012 9:46PM

    Bless you, good blog.

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DOUGLYE 12/3/2012 10:32PM

  20 minutes in boiling water, I'd be dead.
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AVANELL 12/3/2012 6:11PM

    Great blog, Joan! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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NELLIEC 12/3/2012 3:00PM

    Of course, for those of us who don't like coffee, we can use tea instead.

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CANADIANGIRL15 12/3/2012 12:20PM

    I loved this story....as I sit here sipping my coffee! emoticon

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SENATOR9 12/3/2012 11:13AM

    emoticon blog

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GREENCAT1 12/3/2012 5:25AM

    Beautiful!

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SUPER_ACE115 12/3/2012 4:00AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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EDITOR 12/3/2012 2:21AM

    Really good fuel for thought!

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KAYDE53 12/3/2012 12:31AM

    I would like to be more like the coffee!! Awesome blog! emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 12/2/2012 9:56PM

    great blog, i really enjoyed it, Thanks

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ROZEEROZ1 12/2/2012 9:55PM

    Love this blog a unique way at looking at life

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FEMISLIM 12/2/2012 9:45PM

    I sure always aspire to be like the coffee or tea bag.

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THRIVE2DAY 12/2/2012 9:24PM

    I think I'm the egg, but I want to be the coffee bean. emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 12/2/2012 9:19PM

    Lovely blog. I, too, hope that I can be more like the coffee and change the world (circumstances) around me. May God bless you throughout the holidays and the new year.

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LINOVER 12/2/2012 8:42PM

    Excellent blog. Thanks for sharing! I too hope that I am the coffee.

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DSBRIDE 12/2/2012 8:14PM

    I just loved this blog, thank you for sharing it. This will remain in my memory forever. I too hope I am like coffee, able to change the world around me!

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SANDRALEET 12/2/2012 7:42PM

    Trials turn us into peruse Jewels.God gives those he loves hardship so we love and need him more.Do not think because the world gave you much that God loves you more.God loves those who need him love him count on him for there daily bread.Mow that we are saved and that is worth more then all the wealth in the world With him we conker all even death.

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