A lovely philosophical piece I happened upon recently:
Carrot, eggs and a cup of coffee...
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
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 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.
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.
then asked,'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each
of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.
However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and
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
'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
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 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? Are you a carrot, an egg or a
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough
trials to make you strong, enough sorrows to keep you human and enough
hope to make you happy! The happiest 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.
May we all
be the COFFEE of our future......!
~ Author Unknown