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*chocolate* (chamorrita) wrote,
@ 2005-04-23 23:20:00
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    Current mood: calm

    FW: A Carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee
    I'm trying to be a cup of coffee.
    > > A Carrot, An Egg and a Cup of Coffee
    > > This was too good of a life lesson not to pass on!
    > > 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 do 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?"
    > > 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?
    > > 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 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 opportunity to
    >brighten someone's day with this > message!
    >PEACE!



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