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

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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?

---AUTHOR UNKNOWN
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ENG_TV 5/19/2013 10:41PM

    Wow! This is really something to think about. Thanks for sharing it.

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JMCADE 5/10/2013 10:27PM

    Such a great story. I need to copy this and post it as I try to be 'coffee' more and more! Thanks

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ELSCO55 5/9/2013 11:00PM

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CHARLIE-B 5/9/2013 9:46AM

    Thank you Suz, I have never heard that and it explains a lot. emoticon
Grandmothers are so wise.

Hugs,
Charlie

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FALLNTENN 5/9/2013 4:38AM

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring blog.

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POPSY190 5/9/2013 4:08AM

    Lovely modern tale!

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MARTHA-ANN 5/9/2013 2:35AM

    A lovely piece of advice for us all emoticon

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MELIVA 5/8/2013 11:35PM

    This is a great little lesson! I hope you don't if I pass it on.
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SPARKIWINS 5/8/2013 10:38PM

    No wonder I've always enjoyed coffee. Thanks so much for this, great metaphors for how life hits us.

Look forward to the spring challenge with you.

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MINDA31807 5/8/2013 8:47PM

    emoticon , just what I needed to read today!

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JUNEAU2010 5/8/2013 8:30PM

    What a fabulous analogy!

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NEVERORNOW 5/8/2013 8:24PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this, it's a great reminder and one I needed to read today.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/8/2013 8:04PM

    Thank you for this. It mad me think today about my life & what I am going through right now with all my problems.

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