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Carrot, Egg, Or Coffee?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Gard, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    (Long, but good, IMO)

    Carrot, Egg, and Coffee

    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 asks, "Tell 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 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?

    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.

    (Yeah, I'm typically a cynical bastid :spit:, but this really resonated for me!)
  2. I've never heard that one.

    I liked it.

    Kind of like one of Aesop's Fables. ;)

  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Man, I need some caffeine.

    //missed the point
  4. You missed one. I'm the bunny in Fatal Attraction.

  5. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Wow I just sat through that whole thing thinking it would be a joke.

    It was not.




  6. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    That was way cool bro.

  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Man, you are really going soft on me in your old age.

    One more like that and you will need to submit to
    a WUSS-check.
  8. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    Try me, tough guy.

  9. I've got Gard's back, and I'm not a little guy! :)
  10. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member


    'Baby I love You' was a hit for

    a) Shaun Cassidy
    b) Andy Kim
    c) David Cassidy

    'I think I love you'

    a) Shaun Cassidy
    b) Andy Kim
    c) David Cassidy

    'Please release me' is a hit by

    a) Tom Jones
    b) Engelbert Humperdinck
    c) Bobby Darin

    Jimi Hendrix opened for

    a) The Monkees
    b) The Carpenters
    c) Engelbert Humperdinck

    No cheating!
  11. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I not the carrot, egg or the beaner....I'm the water!!!

  12. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Coffee r0xX0orzzz1!1!1!1!!

    Seriously, it does.
  13. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Not even, aesop's fables are far more absurd.

    "A yeoman was talking to a donkey, when the donkey said: 'follow your foot with your nose and you will be clean' The yeoman said " *** is a yeoman anyway?" the end"
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Well... the joke is on you... karrot.
  15. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    How'd I do?
  16. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    Dude, the two of us could do some SERIOUS damage...


  17. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    To an all you can eat buffet..... :ninja: :D
  18. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA

    If we added you and NJL, we might cause a black hole to form...


  19. AuG


    May 22, 2005
    Fort Collins, CO
    That's pretty cool Gard. Nice find.

  20. Regardless of the results, I am aware of the fact I'm a complete wuss. And thank you, Gard, for the change-up. :ninja: Hoo-HAH!