So, this popular story goes thus:

A woman was troubled about life and how things weren’t going as planned so she met her mother and expressed her worries to her. The mother took her to the kitchen and filled three pots of water on the fire to boil. As soon as the water started boiling, she put carrots in the first pot, eggs in the second and coffee in the third pot.

After twenty minutes, she turned off the burner, brought out the carrots, eggs and the coffee and asked her daughter to explain what she was looking at. The daughter observed that the carrots went in hard but were softer, the eggs were hard boiled when she took out the shell and the coffee gave off a sweet aroma.

Her mother then explained that each had gone through the same adversity but reacted differently. The carrot went in hard and unrelenting but after being subjected to the boiling water became soft. The egg had been fragile protected by its outer shell but after the boiling water, became hard. The ground coffee beans were unique and after the boiling water, they changed the water.

She then asked her daughter: Are you the carrot that seems strong but with pain and adversity become weak; Are you the egg that has a fluid spirit but after adversity becomes stiff spirited with a hardened heart; are you the coffee bean that changes the same circumstance that caused pain to what it wants, releasing its flavor to it.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are the greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Seen in “Pink book of Prayers” by: Carthy Bartel

TGIF!!! Think on these things and have a splendid weekend.


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