Courage to Change

Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee.

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee.

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

(Tip of the hat to ZionFlag)

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.

(Sound familiar?)

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?

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.

Now, Go out there and enjoy ur mornin coffe eh.

11 Responses to “Courage to Change”

  1. zionflag says:

    Any story, video, film strip or narrative about COFFEE sends me straight to heaven. Love the scent, smell, taste and would even suggest for Tiffany’s to design a “Coffee fragrance”.. I start my morning with grinding those heavenly beans, adding hot hot boiling water through the filter and watching the drips & draps of coffee fill my designer mug… Hurray!!!

    AND now ANGEL I will contemplate ‘change’ & ‘getting stronger’ as I savour the magical taste.. Yum!

  2. Carol-Christian Soldier says:

    A beautiful symbolism–thank you–
    As a true coffee addict–it rang true!!

  3. Woodsterman says:

    Sounds like I’d better get to work.

  4. cube says:

    I love this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Findalis says:

    I think I am the fire….hot, sassy and being the catalyst of change.

    Love the story.

  6. William Stout says:

    Great story my friend, food for thought for those with doubts :-)

  7. Always On Watch says:

    Great story with powerful symbolism! Thanks, Angel.

  8. Nili says:

    You will never know how much I needed to read this today! I’m so happy you are blogging again~your site brings sunshine to the soul. Blessings to you from Jerusalem

  9. Maggie@MaggiesNotebook says:

    Does all the hours spent at the computer by conservative bloggers count as coffee beans? I hope so.

  10. KarLMMMMMM says:

    Thanks so much Angel for a diffferent way to look at the things happening around us and an opportunity to learn a lesson from such simple events…
    Now…..what are we going to do about it??????

  11. Dee says:

    great story Angel! just another reason to stick with coffee ;) happy to make u a cup any time!