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Are You a Carrot, An Egg, or a Coffee Bean?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Are You a Carrot, An Egg, or a Coffee Bean?
By Anonymous
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. 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 daughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her 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—but 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 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, 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 hours is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another lever?

How do you handle Adversity? Are you a Carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BARB4HEALTH 1/29/2013 9:43AM

    emoticon This is a good reminder!

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GR8BY48 1/28/2013 11:16AM

    Oh! This is amazing. Where did you get it from and may I borrow it?


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WATREKKIE 1/27/2013 1:19PM

    WONDERFUL story.... emoticon for sharing!!! emoticon

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BLESSEDBEING 1/26/2013 8:10PM

    Fascinating analogy with a wise lesson! Thank you for sharing it.

(I love that first comment "Some days I feel like I've been through a grinder, so maybe I am on my way to being the coffee bean!")

Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 1/26/2013 10:33AM

    Love this analogy! Life is certainly a struggle at times.

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TATTER3 1/26/2013 10:28AM

    Keep posting! You're an encourager!!!

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GABBY308 1/26/2013 9:23AM

    I don't read blogs anymore but this one caught my eye and I am so very glad that I read it emoticon

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    Reminds me of a bible verse: "But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. "
2 Corinthians 2:14-16.

When the water gets hot, I pray that God would be the aroma of Christ to others through me.

I don't wish to be hardened or soft & defeated. Rather allow the trials of this life to bring forth the best of God's love to others.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 1/26/2013 8:56AM

    Great one to think about, dear friend.

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NITTINNANA 1/26/2013 1:19AM

    Wow! One of the best I've seen on SparkPeople!!

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DJ4HEALTH 1/26/2013 12:29AM


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AUNTYLEA 1/25/2013 10:57PM


I really enjoyed this blog! I have had health issues for years and am learning to take away the "bitter" flavor of the bean to create a better cup of coffee. The process hasn't been easy; but slowly I am learning how my actions and emotions permeate to emoticon anyone who is in close proximity.
Thank you for reminding me of how I flavor those around me!

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SENIMMO 1/25/2013 10:53PM

    emoticon I loved this! It really made me stop and look at how I've been dealing with some things lately. Some days I feel like I've been through a grinder, so maybe I am on my way to being the coffee bean! I sure plan to try! Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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