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Carrots, Eggs or Coffee


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thought this was too good not to share!


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 put them on the stove. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil and twenty minutes later she turned off the burners.

She removed the carrots 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. Her mother 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 smelled the aroma and tasted its rich flavour.

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. 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, making it fragrant and giving it flavour.

“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?”

What about you?

When facing a challenge in life are you weakened and feel defeated by the experience?

Or do you become hardened and bitter because of the event?

Or do you see it as an opportunity to influence those around you, to make a positive difference, to leave the situation better than when you started?

It is possible to be the latter, so now’s the time to start working towards it.
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OTEN36 3/12/2013 5:01AM

    Great Blog Leanne!
thanks for sharing that with us.
Dee

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2013 11:09PM

    An inspiring message. Here's to coffee. emoticon -- Lou

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GABBYABBY45 3/1/2013 5:01PM

    Well heck, before your post was done I had already chosen COFFEE!!!! lol Only out of my love for a good cup of coffee though... But it was a great post, I really enjoyed the story!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/1/2013 8:08AM

    Wonderful!

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MNNICE 2/28/2013 11:33PM

    A very good lesson! Wise mother!

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CODEMAULER 2/28/2013 10:06PM

    I'm sure I could find a way to work them all into a meal!

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Thanks for sharing a super neat story!!

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JAMER123 2/28/2013 9:50PM

    Great one!! I looked at the egg as becoming strong and resilient, able to bounce back after a stressor. The coffee is strong & bold, withstanding adversity.
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EMMAEKAY 2/28/2013 8:51PM

    Wow.

Thank you!

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DEE107 2/28/2013 8:29PM

    thank you

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JACKIE542 2/28/2013 8:26PM

    Thank you, loved this. emoticon

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MUSOLF6 2/28/2013 7:47PM

    Thank you emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 2/28/2013 6:32PM

    Awesome Leanne!
I hope that I am the one taking the opportunity to make a positive difference,
hugs!
Angela

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FRAN0426 2/28/2013 6:25PM

    Thanks for passing this along, it sure is true, we need to pick the right path , and I myself will try for the coffee. However, there are times when I can see toughening up appears to be appropriate, before rationalizing za situation. Have a great weekend, hope you have been enjoying the nice temps, some days you northerners have been warmer than us.

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0309COOKIE 2/28/2013 4:59PM

    That was great!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/28/2013 4:04PM

    Love it, Leanne!
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