Be the coffee bean

> 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. 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.
>
> She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She
did and noted that they soft. She then asked her to take an egg and
break it.
> After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled , as she
tasted its rich aroma.
>
> The daughter then asked. “What’s the point, mother?”
>
> Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the
same adversity–boiling water–but 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 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 a 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.

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