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Carrots, Egg and Coffee….

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Carrots, Eggs & Coffee

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 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


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 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 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.


May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!!


3 responses »

  1. Ek het baie van die storie gehou.

  2. Baie mooi inskrywing!!!!

  3. Dankie dis baie mooi.


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