Coffee Beans

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  1. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    To some of the Coffee Beans in my life....thanks.

    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 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

    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?

    Count your blessings, not your problems...... Putting others first makes
    relationships last

    Give this 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.

    Don't count the years-count the

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take; but by the moments
    that take our breath away.
  2. dog

    dog Guest

    WoW, very nice Rita. :)

    :-* *puppy* :-*
  3. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    Thanks Dog
    It struck me as so very true :)
  4. Marja

    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

    Mar 8, 2004
    In the Vast Fields of My Mind
    GREAT!! Rita!
    Think I'll have another cup of coffee! :D
  5. Terryala

    Terryala Rest in Peace

    Sep 2, 2003
    Hey that was a good read sitting here a 3AM in the morning worrying about a problem. Been googling all over the place getting information.

    Helped break the stress level.

    Thanks Rita.

    Grand Dad
  6. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    Hi Grand Dad
    I'm so glad it helped you a little!!Also I hope your problem is a thing of the past very soon.My best wishes go out to you.
    your friend
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