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Monday, August 07, 2006

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CARROTS, EGGS OR COFFEE?

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 hardboiled 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?"

5 Comments:

Blogger Pieces said...

Thought provoking. Thank you for sharing that.

August 08, 2006 12:03 AM

 
Anonymous Krystina said...

Really makes you wonder... In 99% of cases I would have to say I am the coffee.

August 09, 2006 4:25 PM

 
Blogger KJ's muse said...

You're welcome, pieces.

Wish I could say the same, krystina, but I'm working on it. Thanks for stopping by!

August 09, 2006 11:20 PM

 
Anonymous rainmonkey03/krystina said...

I realized that I messed up when I wrote my comment by putting Krystina. I normally come in here under rainmonkey03. In case you were wondering.

August 20, 2006 9:28 AM

 
Blogger KJ's muse said...

No problem rainmonkey03. Thanks for letting me know!

August 20, 2006 3:53 PM

 

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