August 20, 2009

Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee!

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology tagged , , , , at 6:00 pm by randallbutisingh

Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee!                                                  
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…After reading this you will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.   Your philosophy of life may also be changed for the better.                                             
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     
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 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. 
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 at everyone around you. …..Always remember thi

-Anonymous – (Submitted by Cyril Bryan)


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