OT - coffee, egg, or carrot... inspirational?!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by victoria, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    OK I know this is rather simplistic, so I am hesitant in posting this as one could take this to extremes and make it the opposite, LOL, but guess that would say something about YOU if you did?

    I do think it has an excellent point at least...

    and

    you will probably never look at a cup of coffee the same way again...


    A CARROT, AND EGG, AND A CUP OF COFFEE

    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. She found herself yelling at her kids and husband for no reason at times, hating herself for not doing better, etc., etc.

    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 a sliced up CARROT, in the second she placed an EGG, 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 CARROT out and placed it in a bowl. She pulled the EGG out and placed it in another bowl. Then she poured the coffee into a cup.

    Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"

    "A CARROT, an EGG, and coffee," she replied.

    Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the CARROT. The daughter did and noted that it was soft.

    The mother then asked the daughter to take the EGG and break it. After pulling off the shell, the daughter 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, "But what does it mean, mother?"

    Her mother explained that while each of these objects had faced the SAME adversity -- boiling water -- each reacted differently.

    The CARROT went into the water 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 long enough, its inside had become 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 COFFEE?"

    Think of how YOU react to life's adversities:

    Which are you?

    Are you the CARROT that seems strong but, when you experience 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 start out with a fluid spirit, 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? 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 COFFEE, 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, you elevate yourself to another level.

    So ask yourself:
    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.

    You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

    If you don't send it, you will just miss out on the to brighten someone's day with this message!

    -Anonymous

  2. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    FOR SURE, i ALWAYS TRY AND CHANGE THINGS FOR THE BETTER WHEN THINGS LOOK BLEAK, SEE THE BETTER SIDE OF A PERSON'S NATURE ETC TRY AND ENCOURAGE THE FAIRER VIEW OF THINGS-i THINK THIS IS JUST THE WAY WE WERE BROUGHT UP. nOW HAS IT MADE ME HAPPIER, i THINK SO, I LIKE TO MAKE THE BEST OF THINGS. Unfortunately some people see this as a weakness though..... but I wouldn't want to change

    Hugz Crom
  3. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Thanks for posting this. It really gives us something to think about. I had to copy it and send to a few, too!

    Hugs,
    janet
  4. atiledsner

    atiledsner New Member

  5. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    because I love it so much...now I have an explanation for why I do! Thanks...Terri
  6. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    It gives me something to thank about. We need to revisit ourselves more often.
  7. lolee

    lolee New Member

    before opening the thread.

    I needed to read this today, at this monet.

    I have now a most wonderful Mona Lisa smile.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lolee
  8. victoria

    victoria New Member



    what a wonderful Aunt you had!!!!!


    Victoria