Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean?


Today, I'd like to share the following story with you.

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. In
the first pot, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and
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. She brought her closer and
asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.
She then asked her to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the
shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to
smell and sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she smelled and
tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What's the point,

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity- boiling water-but 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 trials and adversity
knock on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg,
or a coffee bean?”

Think about 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 passive heart, but changes with the
heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, 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 a 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 flavour. If you are like the
bean, when things are at their worst, you become better and change
the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you
elevate to another level?

How do you handle adversity?
Are you like the CARROT, the EGG, or the COFFEE BEAN?

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6 responses to “Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean?”

  1. Lisa Ann says:

    Thank you i have read this story and shared it many a time. Today it really was what was needed so thank u so much for that. I am and will always remain the coffee!!!
    peace love and blessings
    Lisa Ann

  2. hellen says:

    I love this post.
    I hav been challenged n encouraged at the same time by this syory.

  3. Christiana Ekanem says:

    Hello Lisa, Thanķ you for your encourging message you are making the world a better place with your message of wisdom. I will always read your mail ,keep it up and keep at it. Christiana Ekanem

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