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Thursday, November 24, 2005

My Favorite Story...

A young boy went to his mother, and told her about his life and how things were so hard for him. He did not know how he was going to make it and wanted to give up. He was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

His mother took him 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 son, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," he replied.

His mother brought him closer and asked him to feel the carrots. He did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the son to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, he observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the son to sip the coffee. The son smiled as he tasted its rich aroma. The son then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

His 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 son. "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?

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. Remember, 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. So, 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.


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November 24, 2005 8:04 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I'll second that! Loved the story, it's just so true!

Life, is what you make of it. Be the bean, interact, react and impact the world around you.

I'll be back.

November 24, 2005 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somehow that story just made my day...thank you.

January 26, 2007 9:50 PM  
Blogger Saugat Mitra said...

A very good story .. a truly inspirational one hope that you always remember whatever you have written over here ..

May 28, 2007 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""""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.""""

I don't think the solution is really to let go the past, wht your are is because of the past tht was. The diff is between baggage and learning, U either carry baggage of ur past or learning frm itr but one never forget his/her past and thts wht keeps u closer to urself and ur growth as a indiviual.
Apologies for the uninvited attention...

March 26, 2009 4:47 AM  
Blogger Life-strolled Searcher said...

Thanks! Plenty Smiles for You!

July 09, 2010 4:41 AM  

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