A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…
You will never look at a cup of
coffee the same way again.

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 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

Tell me what 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 pull 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. The daughter then asked, ‘What
does it mean, mother?’

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

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 a death, a breakup, a financial hardship
or some other trial, have I become hardened and

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am
I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened

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 coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you
sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough
sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to
make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the
best of everything; they just make the most of
every opportunity 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 FEARS about 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 COFFEE!!!!!!!

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