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carrots, eggs or coffee; which are you?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

here is a story a friend passed over to me. i am going through a lot, like i know many of my spark friends are... so, i wanted to share it with you. love and blessings to you all.

Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman went to her grandmother 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 grandmother 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 granddaughter, 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 got 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 granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point,grandmother?"

Her grandmother 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 granddaughter.

"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 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 are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JULIACOLLINS62 2/25/2013 10:03AM

    Thanks for posting this story. I had read it before and needed to hear it again. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you journey thou this difficult season. Sincerely, Julia

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SWIMMAN 2/25/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog! Thanks!!!
Power to you on your journey to that rockin' body you so desire!
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MEEMAH2013 2/24/2013 8:08PM

    That was great! I loved it. I had never thought about that before. That would be a great sermon, too. Mind if I share it with my home town pastor?

In the meantime....I think I have been each one at one time or the other. But I need to think about it some more!

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/24/2013 6:24PM

    What a emoticon lesson. emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 2/24/2013 6:19PM

    Very interesting story and question. One to ponder!

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SPIRALDOWN 2/24/2013 5:54PM

    hmmm... interesting thought

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THINKPINK06 2/24/2013 5:35PM

    Love this...I think I am coffee!

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TUDAFD 2/24/2013 5:22PM

    Thanks for sharing this story. It certainly puts a different perspective on life and how we react to it. Have a great Sunday.

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