Are you a CARROT, an EGG or a COFFEE BEAN?

@ladyella (145)
Philippines
October 17, 2009 2:39am CST
Have you read the story on the carrot, the egg and the coffee bean? it is very inspiring and i 'd like to share it with you. ^^ it's about a daughter who went to her mother, complaining about all the problems in her life and how she wants to give up. the mother took her to the kitchen, put three pans in the burner and placed a carrot, an egg and coffee beans in each pan. after 20 minutes, the mother placed these in separate bowls. she asked her daughter to touch the carrot and the daughter noted that it is soft. the daughter cracked the eggshell and noted the hard-boiled egg inside. then she sipped the coffee and noted its fragrance. the daughter asked what was the point of the experiment. the mother explained that the carrot came in strong and hard but came out weak and soft. the egg had been fragile with its thin outer shell protecting it. but it came out hard. lastly, the coffee changed the color of the water after being boiled. the mother explained that the three objects faced the same adversity - boiling water - but came out differently. then, which one are you? are you the carrot that comes in hard but becomes soft and weak after a trial? are you the egg that was soft and fragile but came out hard after? or are you the coffee beans which become better after being submerged in trials? do you change the situations or do you let these break you?
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@larish (2193)
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
I think I am all three :) After a hard trial, I know I am too weak and soft (carrot) to move on especially if I am still in shock and still trying to pick up the pieces that has been broken then after that I will rationalize everything. From this point I am already beginning to get my strength and becomes strong/hard (egg). After this stage, I am renew. I am now equipped with the lesson I learned from the trials I have undergone. I am now ready to face the world with a better perspective in life (coffee). Thanks for sharing this story.
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@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
you're welcome! i hate not sharing this story because it really is great and gives inspiration. i want other people to be as inspired as i was when i first heard this story. i hope you become a coffee bean more often when trials come into your life. do not let the boiling waters change you, strive to change them and become a better person. ^^
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@Sandra1952 (6051)
• Spain
17 Oct 09
What a great story - I've never come across it before. I'm happy to say I'm definitely a coffee bean - even though I hate the smell and taste of coffee! I firmly believe that everything, good or bad, happens for a reason, and we will never be faced with more than we can deal with. I'm 57, and I consider I've had a wonderful life so far, though it's had its share of heartache. I am what I am because of what's happened to me and how I dealt with things, and I like what I've become. Yes, I'm a coffee bean.
20 Oct 09
It's a great story. I am more like the egg. Before, I was so shy and fragile just like the egg. After being faced with trials in college, I can say that the obstacles and shortcomings I've faced made me stronger. Thanks for sharing the story. I'll definitely share it to my friends and family.
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
ohh.. i hope that you don't stay as an egg your whole life. life would be more wonderful and beautiful if you shed those hard shells and opt to become the real you while adapting to situations easily and learning from every trial. ^^
@hexeduser22 (6692)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story. Come to think of it I may be some kind of a coffee bean but I think it would really take me a while to change the color of the water. I'm a bit slow to adapt and learn something in my life.
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
a half-done coffee bean, you mean? lol. that's alright. just continue looking at life and problems that way and you'll eventually find yourself habituating and adapting to every situation. it's really a piece of cake, you know, if you change the way you see things. happy posting to yah!
@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
18 Oct 09
Wow what a beautiful story! So simple yet so true. Thanks a ton for sharing it.
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
thank you! i'm glad you read it and i hope that you'll always remember its message as you live your life. cheers!
@Naylani (111)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Girrrl that is deep! I think that we all have been either the carrot, egg, or the coffee bean at one time or another, it just depends on the type of adversity and where we are in our lives. When I think back on my life until now I realize I must have been all three things at one point or another. I guess if I have to choose, I pick the egg, because I have gone into alot of things fragile and came away firmer in my resolve than before.
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
i agree. but being a coffee bean is the best way of dealing with adversities. if you are a firm coffee bean, you'll always be like that no matter what adversities you are facing. it's really not about the kind of adversity but more of how you see it. cheers to you!
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
that's a nice story, this is the first time I have heard of it... I kept thinking what am I exactly, and I really honestly don't know the answer. There are times when I'm a carrot, there are times when I'm an egg. But I think ultimately, I think I am a coffee bean. I always tell myself, that no matter what happens, there is a good reason behind it, whether you understand it or not, and there's always a good lesson to be learned from experiences, be it good or bad.
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
thank you! ^^ it's a nice story, isn't it? i'm glad that you found joy and learned from it as much as i had. i hope that you sail through life in the mindset that you are in righ now and i just know that you'll live a good life. enjoy!
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
Wow! That is a good story! I never heard of that before. That is a very good story to share. I think I am an egg and sometimes coffee bean. I believe that every trials we are facing has its reasons and lessons. Though the path seems dark, I believe that if we remain strong and continue fighting we will surpass everything.
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
thank you! it was really my teacher who taught me this story and i hate not sharing with others who can benefit from it. i hope you cherish your being a coffee bean so you'll live life meaningfully because of the experiences you've triumphed over. may you truly become a coffee bean all your life. cheers!
@shilley (157)
• India
17 Oct 09
Hi..you have given a very good story,i was not aware of this story and after reading this i have got a chance to evaluvate myself and i have found that i am a coffee bean.Because there have been times when i was tested at different situations and i never gave up,i was told by one of my friends that hard times come to test ones will power and one has to be consistent to survive.Yes life is just like one unstirred coffee.One has to undergo lot of turmoils but still be consistent enough to have that last sip of tasteful coffee that is success..!
@ladyella (145)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
i'm glad that you remain to be a coffee bean and that is so good to hear. i hope you continue to be strong and continue making something worthwhile out of a seemingly hopeless situation. god bless you and enjoy life!
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
31 Oct 09
That is a cute story. I do not drink coffee, so I cannot be a coffee bean. Nor am I like the carrot or the egg. But condiments sit patiently on the shelf watching and waiting for their turn. Some other people are the salt of the earth, but I am the pepper. When the carrot is cooked and ready to eat, it needs something to spice it up. That is me. When the egg is cooked and ready to eat, it needs some pepper, too. I watch and wait and then when it is just the right time, I jump in and add some seasoning to life. Being well-seasoned myself, that is easy to do.