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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 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?

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.

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.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you, to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life..

May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!

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Comment by Ally Bryant on January 1, 2010 at 4:27pm
So true if only we can apply it to our daily living.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 31, 2009 at 8:30pm
Wise mother. Great illustration.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on December 31, 2009 at 6:35pm
Thanks Elaine. I had heard this before but it never hurts to read it again and realize that we need to let go if we are going to be the coffee. Happy 2010.
Comment by Pam/NY on December 31, 2009 at 3:02pm
What a great message to start out the new year and strive to become...I too would like to think I'm coffee, I drink enough of it. But, I think you have to experience all three in life to become coffee...maturity. Thanks for sharing...Happy 2010!
Comment by Paula/TX on December 31, 2009 at 2:26pm
I would love to be coffee, but am afraid I lean towards the other two with different circumstances. I like this story.
Comment by Trevi in Texas on December 31, 2009 at 12:34pm
I loved your story. Such a great message. I want to be coffee!
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on December 31, 2009 at 12:16pm
Yes! The story you shared is right on the money--it isn't our circumstances that cause us to be happy--it's how we handle those circumstances. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on December 31, 2009 at 11:29am
This is wonderful Elaine, Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Nicola/De on December 31, 2009 at 11:25am
Very nice!! It really does make one think about themselves!!! Thank you for posting!!! Have a very Happy and Safe New Year!!
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on December 31, 2009 at 10:59am
This is good!! I was in a study recently where the teacher said that you cannot amputate your past from your destiny, however, like your story above, our past can be a learning tool for our futures by turning around what was meant for harm into something that makes us stronger, but not bitter, or hardened but softer in a way that allows us to spare others the pain or help them along in their journey by letting them know they are not alone. I truly believe that we are meant on this journey called life to share life's lessons to mentor those that walk behind us as we walk behind the One that walks before us!!!

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