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PostSubject: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Wed Jul 16 2008, 17:58

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 do 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 pr otected 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
w ater, 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.

"It's easier to build a child than repair an adult."
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PostSubject: Re: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Wed Jul 16 2008, 18:58

nice and interesting story! thanks for sharing sis! rose

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PostSubject: Re: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Thu Jul 17 2008, 05:30

maganda, i could share this to people around me
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PostSubject: Re: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Thu Jul 17 2008, 07:36

ganda naman ng story sis fayet.... thanks
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PostSubject: Re: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Thu Jul 17 2008, 10:37

nice story..thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Thu Jul 17 2008, 14:54

wow! maganda siya..salamat sis sa story.. ok smiley

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PostSubject: Re: are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?   Thu Jul 17 2008, 15:57

tnx for sharing sis. smile
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