Discussion in 'Jokes' started by sreemu, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. sreemu

    sreemu Bronze IL'ite

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    A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee
    (we all fall into one of these catagories)
    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 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.

    Live your life.

    You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to
    you; 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.</PRE>

  2. malspie

    malspie Platinum IL'ite

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    I have read this story before a good morale booster....

    I am like the carrot in the initial stages of the adversity, but immediately I turn in to Coffee... I can never be the Egg.. As humans we tend to get moved by the situation and become soft, but, what we become after this stage is important an egg or coffee.

    I am Coffee....
  3. kasisheela

    kasisheela Silver IL'ite

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    Nice story,
    Thanks for sharing,
  4. bipasha

    bipasha Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Sreemu,
    This a very nice story indeed...very closely related to life...I think I would love to be like Coffee but end up becoming like Carrot.
  5. Saraswathipv

    Saraswathipv IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi sreemu...

    Good one. I was like the carrot...but now becoming coffee.

    Thanx for sharing it here in IL.

  6. sreemu

    sreemu Bronze IL'ite

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    thank u everyone
    i loved sharing it with u all
  7. Raechel

    Raechel Senior IL'ite

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    Hi, Sreemu,

    Nice story . Joined IL recently, just read the story while going through the sit. I was a carrot but now I think I am in the process of becoming coffee. Thanks for sharing such a meaningful story.

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