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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,

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?

              AUTHOR UNKNOWN