Sunday, May 21, 2006

A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee...

Courtesy my sister, who seems to be waxing philosophical today.....


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 though just as one problem was solved, a new problem 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 a 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 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.

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 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 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 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 hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May we all be COFFEE!


At 3:26 PM, Blogger Kafaleni said...

In times past, I have been called an egg, but I don't think that was what they meant. Just a hunch

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Blogchik said...

Oh, definitely an egg. But they're good for you, yknow?

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous insomniac said...

if you are waxing philosophical, do you use 'Achilles and the turtle wax'?

At 3:00 AM, Blogger Sarah O. said...

I'd rather be a carrot than office coffee.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Well, I like to think I'm coffee. As a project manager it falls to me (to borrow a thought from Scat), to make lemonade from the lemons that come my way in a project, but I must admit there are days where I feel more like coffee grounds than coffee....

At 10:49 PM, Anonymous neophyte said...

You are coffee? Gee, Wysi, coffe is bitter and it makes people jittery. And if it sits around too long, you have to throw it out. Ok, actually that DOES sound like a PM. :P (teasing! I'm just teasing!)

At 8:51 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

neo, I have just one word for you: hmph!!


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