Are you a carrot, an egg or coffee

OK, I know this story has been circulating thru email for a long time already. Just want to share it again with everyone. 🙂
A young woman confided in her mother that life was hard, and she wanted to give up cos she was tired of struggling and fighting.
Her mother filled 3 pots of water and left them to boil. In the first pot, she put in carrots. In the second pot, she put in eggs. In the last pot, she put in coffee.
In twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished out the carrots, egg and coffee and put them in separate bowls.
She then turned to her daughter and asked, ” Tell me, what do you see?”
“Carrot, egg and coffee,” her daughter replied.
The mother then asked her daughter to feel the carrots. The daughter did and remarked that they were soft.
She then asked her daughter to break the egg. Upon doing so, she realised that the raw egg has become a hard-boiled egg.
Finally she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled when she savored its rich aroma.
Her mother then explained that each of these items faced the same adversity- boiling water. However, each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and steady. However, after bing subjected to ‘adversity’, it softened and became weak.
The egg started out fragile with a soft, liquid interior. After going through the heat, it’s insides became hardened.
The ground coffee beans, on the other hand, were totally unique. Instead of undergoing a drastic change itself, it changed the water instead.
“Which are you?” the mother asked the daughter.
“When faced with adversity, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or coffee?”
So people, think about this:
Are you a carrot, that seems strong and steady?
But with pain and adversity, wilt and become soft and limp.
Or are you an egg that started with a malleable heart and fluid spirit?
But who becomes hardened and stiff when situations heat up- like after a death, a break up, a financial hardship or some other adversity?
Or are you a coffee bean?
One that changes the hot water- the circumstance that brought the pain.
When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour- the possible essence of your life.
If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you can turn out better and even change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are at their greatest, how do you handle adversity?
Are you changed by your surroundings or do you bring life and flavour to them?


  1. ok,let me add an additional line:
    The wise ones said: what does not kill you only makes you stronger.

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