Which I Am?

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 to make it and wanted to give up.She was tired fighting and truggling.It seemed as one problem wa solved and a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen.She filled three pots of water.In the first,she placed carrots,in the second she place 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 palced them in a bowl.She pulled the egss out and placed them in a bowl.The she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a mug.
Turning to her daughter,she asked,” Tell me,what do yo see?
Carrots,eggs and coffee,“the daughter replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.She did and noted that they were soft.She then asked her to take the eggs and break it.After pulling the shell,she obseverd the hard boiled egg.Finally,she asked her to sip the coffee.The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
the daughter then asked,” What’s the point,mother?
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity-boiling water-but each reacted differently.The carrots 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?
Am I a carrot that seems strong,but with pain and adversity,do I wilt and become soft and lose my strenght?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart,but chages 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 the stiff spirit and a hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? the bean actually changes the hot water,the very circumstances that brings the pain.When the water gets hot,it releases its fragrance and flavor,If you are like the bean,when things are at their worst,you get hte better and change the situation around you.
when the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity.

~ by UTS on August 6, 2009.

One Response to “Which I Am?”

  1. Great analogy.. Really makes you stop and think. Thank you for that. I needed a reality check today.

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