Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee: Which one are you?

Monday, 25 February 2013

"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?"

- author unknown -


I read this earlier, and it got me thinking.

Our path in life is governed by our attitude, and the choices we make. So it's really up to us how we choose to live life.

Never dwell on how unfair things are, or how bad things have been at this present moment. Never blame it on the stars, or how riddled with misfortune your year has been. There are times in our lives when we feel so trapped in a bottomless void... that we can't seem to find a way out - it's those moments in time when all else stands still, and you would feel that you don't have the strength to go on.

It's in these darkest hours that our soul is replenished, and given the strength to endure and go on.

Every phase of our life is an endless battle of emotions within ourselves - we seek, we learn, we discover. As long as we persevere and make the best out of each and every situation, all of us will emerge triumphant in the end, regardless of the conclusion.

Even though at times it may feel that we cannot see how a situation will turn out for the best, our choices will determine the path we would take in life. If we allow ourselves to be swept away by the rising tide, we will ostensibly drown; but as long as we fight, never give up hope and believe that things will work out for the best - we will find the strength we need to smile again.

We can always attain whatever we wish, but we must always remember that it would involve sacrifice, perseverance, and facing our innermost fears. We are stronger than we think.


  1. Replies
    1. Ya! Me too... kinda put our lives in perspective, ya?

  2. Nothing is impossible once we have the correct mindset and determination to see it through.

    1. Must remember never to lose sight of our ethics and to always be true to ourselves.

  3. I love this a lot too! Can relate. :) I think I am the coffee! No wonder I like my lattes. ;p

    1. HOT latte :D and a Vanilla Latte is like *bleah*! Hahahah

  4. Woo nice story there and love the moral of it. =) Definitely agree we are stronger than we think!

    1. Yes we are, Summer! More so after we became Mums, ya?

  5. I'll like to think of myself as a flavored tea bag, probably a rose bud since it's pink. Same theory as coffee but the result is a sweetness that still lingers not like bitter coffee.



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