My dad, once again, sent me an incredible thought.... you may have heard this before - but its a good reminder.
A young woman went to her mother & told her about her life & how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it & wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting & sturggling - it seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water & placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second, she placed eggs, & in the last, she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit & boil - all without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out & placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out & placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out & placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see"
"Carrots, eggs & Coffee" - she replied
He mother brought her closer & asked her to feel the carrots. She did & noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg & 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?"
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 & unrelenting - However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened & became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through 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 like the carrot? You seem strong but with pain & adversity, do you wilt & become soft & lose strength?
Are you like the egg? You start with a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, do you become hardened & stiff? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside, do you become bitter & tough?
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water - the very circumstances that brings the pain!!! When the water gets hot, its releases the fragrance & flavor it holds within itself! If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better & change the situation around you! When the hour is the darkest & trials are at their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?
Will you ever look at a cup of coffee the same now?