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Old 10-31-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
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Smile Which one are YOU??

Which are you...A Carrot, an Egg, or a cup of Coffee?

This was too good of a life lesson not to pass it 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 a 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 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 a 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 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

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 sorrows to keep you human and enough hope to make
you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best 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 around you was
Live your life so at the end, you're the one smiling and everyone
around you is crying.


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Old 10-31-2005, 01:45 PM   #2
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Good one.!!

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:56 PM   #3
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texas, I love it!!
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:07 PM   #4
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Old 10-31-2005, 06:22 PM   #5
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Old 10-31-2005, 08:10 PM   #6
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very nice
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Old 10-31-2005, 08:38 PM   #7
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Thank you so much! It was a really good "life" lesson!
You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.
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Awesome! I gotta send that around work tomorrow.... ehm ehm, multi-tasking, of course....

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