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« on: March 09, 2008, 05:28:51 PM »

   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 soon 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 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 be ing 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.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2008, 08:25:28 PM »

A great article.  Hope I am like the coffee bean, but from the way it looks on this board I am not. :rofl;

Love, Mimi
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2008, 10:07:58 PM »

I'm not sure which one I am. But great story.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 04:44:40 PM »

I'm choice D. A noodle.  I may have gotten softer, but I'm better this way!
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008, 04:47:47 PM »

I am a coffee bean, hard on the outside, bitter on the inside.  :rofl;
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2008, 04:54:14 PM »

I'm a decaf bean...pretty spirited once, but some of the good stuff has been taken away
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2008, 05:30:40 AM »

I'd like to say I'm the coffee bean, but my husband has a shirt that says "I like my women like I like my coffee....ground up and in the freezer". Ok, I know, we have an odd sense of humor!
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2008, 08:19:23 AM »

 :rofl;  :rofl;
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New kidney in a paired donation swap July 26, 2017.
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2008, 04:36:13 PM »

I'd like to say I'm the coffee bean, but my husband has a shirt that says "I like my women like I like my coffee....ground up and in the freezer". Ok, I know, we have an odd sense of humor!
I love it!  :rofl;
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