Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Spiritual

May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends that care.
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 asked, "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 insides 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 best 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.
Wishing you a day full of HIS blessings!


sweetybird09 said...

wow...Jacki that was good, I would hope to be like the coffee and will aspire to be that way :)

Have a blessed Sunday...

Karen Mortensen said...

I love all of this. Very good points. Thank you so much for posting this.

ShirleyC said...

I love this. Thanks for sharing.

ADDENDUM handmade said...

That's a good way to think of it! Thanks.

Tak said...

That was a wonderful thought-provoking story! I fear I am more like the egg, but want to be more like the coffee!

Melissa said...

Lovely story. I'll have to mull that one over. Thanks for posting it.

purplesunset24 said...

Through all the trials I have been through in my life, I have become the EGG. I do not like being that way and wish to change. I hope, in time, I will. Thanks for sharing...

Anonymous said...

My thought as I read your post today, was change always comes when one is going through a "fiery" the coffee bean from the beginning had to experience crushing and grinding before it could ever become "ready" for the fire that would bring forth the aroma and taste of it's flavor: The coffee bean allows the heat of the fire to change it's nature...The egg and the carrot came as they were without any prior experience of necessary change "no temperance" therefore the egg and the carrots reaction to the heat of the fire changed them into a less desirable nature. They stated the same, they brought forth not a different nature...The coffee bean had learned in previous change that all things work together for the good and had reached a place that could work with the fire to bring forth both flavor and fragrance!
I loved the thought provoking post this a.m! Happy Monday

Deb said...

HOPE you have a great week, Ms. Jacki!!!

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