Saturday, January 26, 2013

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?"

Author Unknown


Tidy Brown Wren said...

I love this! It's a great perspective checker!

Lisa Tucker said...

I thought the same thing Kelly! Have a great weekend!

Holly said...

I've never seen this before. It sounds so much like something my great grandmother would have said/done. I'd like to think I'm coffee, I'm probably more like spaghetti, go in tough, come out soft and eventually turn into a gummy mess.

Lisa Tucker said...

Me too mush is probably more like me also...:)....trying to be more like coffee thought...:)

My Maine Blog said...

I love this.....another lesson to be learned........and you're never too old
to me I know from experience......and I'm still learning.

Lisa Tucker said...

I know what you goal is coffee....:)