When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

A few months ago, on one quiet evening, I was surfing the net for inspiration and i came across this amazing story. I shared the story with my better half  and i just thought i should share it on my Blog too. I’m sure it will change someone’s perspective on life and its challenges….

ENJOY.


THE CARROT, THE EGG, AND THE COFFEE BEAN

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 that, 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 a 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,” the young woman replied. The mother
brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and
noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break
it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her 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 – 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?” the mother 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, or a financial hardship, 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 get
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 a carrot, an egg, or a
coffee bean?

Think About It…