A Carrot, An Egg, A Cup of Coffee

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A Carrot, An Egg, A Cup of Coffee

A CARROT, AN EGG, AND A CUP OF COFFEE... Author known to God - You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again...As the story goes..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 a 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 out the eggs 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 carrots 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? 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 break-up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but 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 circumstances 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 your 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...oh, yeah, may we all be COFFEE!...loves :--)x

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Very, very nice.  Thanks

Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing, Pat.

When you're going through hell...keep going. --Winston Churchill There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still --Corrie ten Boom

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Thank you LS. I got that off

Thank you LS. I got that off the Intherooms.com site. I've found lots of good recovery quotes there.

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Sometimes I'm the carrot,

Sometimes I'm the carrot, sometimes the egg, and, hopefully, the coffee on occasion. :)

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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What nice analogies!  Thank

What nice analogies! Thank you for that story. Food for thought. ;)

"Even when you think it's about you, it's not about you." Dr. Bill

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I wish I were coffee, but I

I wish I were coffee, but I think I am the egg in reverse.. inside stays soft and the outside gets harder..

"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears." ~Michel de Montaigne

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We come into recovery limp

We come into recovery limp carrots or boiled eggs. Every day I put into my recovery from both alcohol and gaming, is another day I can become coffee.

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Limp carrots....eewe!   I

Limp carrots....eewe! I have coffee every morning and now I will always think about this when I grab my cup o' joe. :D

"Even when you think it's about you, it's not about you." Dr. Bill

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Hence my profile pic

Hence my profile pic

leveling in steps, serenity, sponcys, sponsors, exercise, and sleep, (sanity has been downsized)
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LOL Hirsh!

LOL Hirsh!

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