Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Good Cup of Coffee and a Simple Reminder Does Wonders...

So, I've been working through some stuff—nothing major, mind you...just regular day by day trials and errors. They just seem bigger and badder when they happen to you, right? When they are yours to triumph over...the "over" seems tall and wide...*sighs*

But then I stumbled across this cute little story—one that vaguely rings a bell in my mind, I'm sure I've read it somewhere before. I researched it and can't seem to find the author, but it is all over the place and I just wanted to share it with you. Maybe someone hasn't read it and would like to...maybe someone forgot it—like me—and the reminder is exactly what they need...or maybe someone would just like to sit down with their cup of coffee and read it again.

I wish I knew who the author was...
but this sure does help me enjoy my coffee more...*winks*

Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman went to her grandmother 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 grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, 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 granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do 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 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 granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point, grandmother?"

Her grandmother 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 granddaughter.

"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 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 flavor. 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?



  1. Wonderful post. Yes, after many years, I proudly say I am coffee

    1. I wish I could say I am...truth of the matter is it depends on the circumstance and people I'm dealing with. I'm a work in progress I guess you could say. :D

  2. I've read it before, and I still don't know which I am. I guess a mix of the three...

    1. How about you are what you need to be at that moment in your life? Sometimes softening up your hardness is what the situation calls for...*winks* (OMG does that sound dirty in reverse lmao) All I know is when I need you, you are always there my yin. <3

  3. I have never read this before, thank you for sharing. I would like to say I am coffee but over the last year I have to admit I have been either the carrot or the egg. Certainly gives me something to work toward.

    1. I know what you mean...and yep, a goal that is hope lol. *winks* :)