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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


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?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you

strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

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.

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them

become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


With God behind you, and his arms beneath you,

you can face whatever is ahead of you.

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