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Carrots, Eggs and Coffee

 

Carrots, eggs, or coffee?

How do you handle adversity? When you're dealt a 'bad hand', do you fold or play on?

In today's difficult and challenging real estate market, perhaps the following inspirational thought will help keep our perspective upbeat and our attitude in the right frame of mind.

 

A young woman visited her mother and shared her feelings that daily life, and the events in them, were so hard to accept and deal with. She advised she did not know how she was ever going to make it and simply wanted to give up. The daughter proclaimed 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 some carrots, in the second she placed several eggs, and in the third she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  

A short while later she turned off the burners. Using a large spoon, she fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. Next, she scooped the eggs out and placed them in a separate bowl. Then she ladled the coffee and poured it into a cup. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Now 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 pealing off the shell, she observed the hardboiled 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 this 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 in the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed it.  

"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 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, the coffee bean releases its 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?  

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Here's wishing 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.  

-author unknown

 



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Comment balloon 1 commentMike Mayer • July 07 2010 04:02AM

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Very keen observation, Michael. Thanks for the response.

The coffee bean did not change (as the carrots and eggs did); it remains a bean. However, it did alter the same adversity (the hot water) that the carrots and eggs faced, yet managed to change it nonetheless.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 7 years ago

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