Here is a story with an inspirational message just emailed to me by my friend Shreeti:-
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
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 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 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 daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
So think about this story – which one are you?
Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?
Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did you have a fluid spirit at one time, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have you become hardened and stiff?
Does your shell look the same, but on the inside, are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or are you 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 flavour.
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.
May we all be coffee always.
This is indeed a great story!
I came across it in Ester and Jerry Hick’s “Ask and It is Given”
See if you could source it from Shreeti, it’d be great to know if anyone else created it first.
Thanks for reminding me the story.
This is one of those wonderful stories that get passed around via email amongst friends.
We will probably never know the original source.
Unless one of our readers knows better….
Here’s to a year of COFFEE 🙂
I’ve given up coffee but I will be like it! :p
Kavit, do you remember that we read it on the Northern Line on the London Underground a few months back, on the way to one of your seminars? It’s the page that jumped out at me when I was flicking through Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book “Inspiration” for the first time.
Yes, you are right Sol.
Arvind, I saw it in Dyer’s “Inspiration” not in “Ask and it is Given” by Ester and Jerry Hicks
Both are equally good books anyhow.
yeah thats right.. we should have the characteristics of a coffee bean.. it’s when you possess that kind of personality..
This story is very meanful.
Honesty speaking, i think i am partly a carrot and coffee beans. After reading your story. i will work hard to becoming a truely coffee beans.
Your story has touched me. Thanks
This is indeed a great story.I have been trying to find out who wrote it.Would you be able to help me?
We have not yet managed to find out who wrote the original – maybe it is just one of those stories that someone wrote as a good idea. And then the original author’s name got lost in the mist of time 🙂