Home > Experts > Question Question Posted by: JR | 2013/01/26 The carot, the egg and the coffee bean A young woman went to her grandmother 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 grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and 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 granddaughter, she asked, " Tell me what do you see?" " Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. " What''s the point,grandmother?" Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity& mdash boiling water& mdash but 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 granddaughter." 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 a 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 hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question Have your say Your name (optional) Your comment Security × Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly. Search health advice Find an answer × Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly. Reply to Your name (optional) Your comment Security Close Submit comment Recently: Asked Questions Answered Questions Commented Questions Could I be pregnant? Connection between shock and bloodsugar levels? Diabetic partner, will I conceive? Problems at work Problem with my vagina Could there be a chance that I fall pregnant? Can I fall pregnant with a blocked fallopian tube? Diabetic partner, will I conceive? laser versus microneedling Could I be pregnant? Hi im on depo for one month now and have gained 7kg despite of the fact that im using herbex slimming products.What can I di to stop the weight gain? Contramyl XR vs. Concerta Can my GP prescribe Concerta/Strattera Hi ek is n vrou 25 en sukkel baie om te kom wat kan ek doen Can Contramyl cause a migraine? advertisement From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher!