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Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee

Grandmother Says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

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--boiling water--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?


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Wayne Dyer asked What do you get when you squeeze an orange?

Answer: Orange juice.


Because that's what's inside.


Don't feed the pandas. Ever.


coffee. Love your story and will remember it.

I haven't the faintest idea of what I am.

Considering I haven't had any horribly tough trials in my life, I don't know. But the amazing thing about people is that, unlike the egg, carrot and coffee, people can choose their own reactions. We are not automatically victims of our circumstances, unable to choose our strength or what we believe in, and unable to change who we are.

So I take that back: I'm not any of those. I'm a human being who can learn from the world around me, including from something as common and ordinary as carrots, eggs and coffee.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

Coffee. That sounds so good,

I set the hot water to boiling.

I am...



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jrd3820's picture

Sounds a bit.......

Shall I say, overbearing?

Good for you though, tea beats coffee any day!

Egg, no doubt.

Maybe some of you coffee beans can change me though.

I'll be interested if anyone admits to being a soft and wilty carrot.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I am the coffee

That hot water better look out! It has no idea the kind of love it is about to be subject to from me.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

I'll take the egg. Real protein

Carrots are root food and lots of sugar. And of course coffee makers want lots of their product flowing through our veins. Raw eggs are fine but hardboiled can go with you in your ammo can. They provide steady energy. Not the sugar/caffeine highs. And lows.


read much?


I'm an egg.


I was partly an egg until this

little wiggly thing swam up an attached to the egg part and I became a soft carrot eating baby human bean. Every time I drink coffee now, it excites me. That's where I have bean, and you? :)

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.


Hurrah for the human bean!