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  1. I didnt want to add this to my orig post because it was powerful and didin't deserve to be page 6 of thread.

    Hope you enjoy!

    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 gas . 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, "Te ll 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 wa ter.

    "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.

    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.

    May we all be COFFEE!!!!!
    !
     
  2. Such a good post.
     
  3. Beautiful story...thanks so much for posting!
     
  4. Great story. It really touched me at this particular point in my life. Thank you!
     
  5. Wow. That was very insightful. Thank you!
     
  6. That's a great story. Thanks for posting!
     
  7. Things have been kind of lousy for me lately......thanks so much for the encouragement that your post gave me. :flowers:
     
  8. Wow! Thank you!
     
  9. Thank you so much for posting that ... sometimes we all need a little wake up call!
     
  10. I enjoyed reading this as well... thank you for posting! :smile:
     
  11. what a great story! thanks for posting! I agee about a post above, very insightful!
     
  12. That was beautiful. Thanks for posting. It actually reminds me of another story I received a few months ago. Now I'm going to go find it, so I can read that one again too:girlsigh:
     
  13. my sisiter sent that too me about 2 years ago, for some reason I keep it in the visor of my car. I really like this story!
     
  14. Thank you. Your post enriched me.
     
  15. I enjoyed this story, and emailed it to my friends and family.
    Thanks!