Wisdom Wednesday: Carrots, Eggs and Coffee

June 15, 2011 14 Comments TAGS: Stress, Wellness

So, you all know my mom sends me some great material. This week was no exception. My mom forwarded this to me a few days ago. It’s pretty deep and I wanted to share it today.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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!!!

Amen, Mom.

So now tell us, which are you and why?

xoxEDxox

    14 Comments

    1. Rachel R.No Gravatar says:

      I am the coffee. Thanks for sharing this, its a great piece that every woman should read. 🙂

    2. AmberNo Gravatar says:

      Love this story! Thanks for sharing. And now I’m hungry.

    3. That was terrific Erica! I always joke I am a carrot because I eat so many and I am so not a coffee drinker. But for this analogy I will try to be coffee! I am going to send it to some special ladies in my life. I thank you so much for sharing! PS-I love you blog!
      Stephanie~

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    5. SaleenaNo Gravatar says:

      Great story! I would have to say that I am the coffee. I use to be the egg because I allowed people to run my life and soon after became hardened on the inside. Now I allow people and circumstances to help me make the world around me better.

    6. RebeccaNo Gravatar says:

      I’m usually the coffee……….Right now I think I’m an egg and turning into a carrot. Tomorrow’s another day.

      Thanks for the reality check!

    7. bamabeckyNo Gravatar says:

      well damn. i want to be coffee but am afraid i recognize myself as an egg. better than a carrot though!

    8. RachelNo Gravatar says:

      Just fantastic read erica. I loved this.

    9. AnnieNo Gravatar says:

      I just loved this. At times we are probably like them all. Adversity can bring out the best in us or the worst. It is funny to me that on any given day we can react differently to the same thing. I often times think that my best one day isn’t the same as the next. I keep trying to be the coffee.

    10. MelissaNo Gravatar says:

      Love this post, thanks for sharing Erica.

    11. DaisyNo Gravatar says:

      I hope I’m the coffee. As I start looking at my circumstances and the way I’ve changed them, yes, I think I can safely say I’m the coffee!

    12. FeliciaNo Gravatar says:

      I shared this. Loved this one. Hopefully coffee!

    13. Wisdom runs in your veins. This one is a keeper. I loved it.

    14. JoanneNo Gravatar says:

      I’d like to think I’m the coffee. This was wonderful and thank you for sharing.

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