I often receive e-mails that offer advice and inspiring stories. I usually enjoy them and file them away. I almost never forward them. I got one just now that is really all about being happy anyway. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it makes you think very profoundly about how you are living your life. Be happy! “Be coffee!”
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
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
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,
how ever. 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.
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.
May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!!