04 November 2004

Subject: A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee

It is 2 days after the election and I am still depressed over how the entire fiasco was handled. People having to wait 9 hours in line to be able to vote, voters being turned away, voting places running out of provential voting tickets hours before the booths closed, and worse of all, the way the news handled it...obviously extremely biased towards candidates and predicting winners while people were STILL voting. Personally, I think the news should be banned from reporting the outcome until ALL VOTES are counted, which they were NOT.

Well, today, my neighbor emailed me this which is really nice:

Subject: 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 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 do 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 and 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? Count your blessings, not your problems......
Putting others first makes relationships last. Moments in Life - There
are
moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick
them from your dreams and hug them for real! Don't go for looks; they
can
deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who
makes
you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
Look for the one who puts the smile on your heart.

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. When you
were
born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your
life
so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is
crying.

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