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.
You might want to share this message to those people who mean something to you; to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.
If you don’t share it, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone’s day with this message!
May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!
May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends that care.
Game of Life
What a glorious adventure. Maybe that is why it is called, “The Game of Life.” Sometimes we take things so seriously. Maybe we should remember that in the middle of enlightenment is “light.” After all, what is the worst that could happen? And how often does that even happen?
What is important
As I sit here midflight I stare out the window reflecting on the life I have lived, the people I have loved, the places I have been, and the dreams I have chased. I sit here, not knowing what waits for me in Arizona, not knowing how to feel, not knowing if I should allow myself to feel. Days, months, and years have gone by since I have been back here. My grandparents retired here many years ago. I used to come visit once a year, those visits become less and less. Less fun, less wanted, less important and more distant, burdensome, and dull.
Was it them or was it me? Had we grown into separate people that could no longer relate to one another, only connected by a tiny thread of love? Had the hurt that had been inflicted cut so deep that it could never be repaired? When I got the call last night that my grandfather, who suffers from the late stages of Alzheimer’s, was not doing well and they did not know how long he would last, these were the demons I had to struggle with. Should I go, should I stay? You see, my grandmother and I don’t get along so well and she said she didn’t want anyone to come. So there I was feeling relieved she didn’t want anyone there, but haunted by the guilt of what would be if I stayed.
After a very long conversation, it was decided. I would be the bigger person and do the right thing. I would be on the next flight to Arizona. I had to be there, to tell him how much he meant to me, to tell him how I would miss him, and to tell him I loved him.
It seemed as if over night he deteriorated so quickly. He went from the lovable, joyous, joking WWII veteran to a skeleton of himself. When we spoke over the phone he could hardly understand me and had very little to say besides “how’s the weather.” This was so sad, but I was determined not to feel. I didn’t want to get to close and have the hurt that would inevitably come when his suffering ended.
So I sit here – wondering…waiting…hoping…unsure of how to feel or what to expect. Ridden with mixed emotions of fear, hurt, sadness, and love. Wondering if I was in his shoes who would be at my beside telling me it will be okay, that I will be missed, and that they love me? Wondering if I have told all those that I love how I feel and that without them I would not be complete, I would be part of a whole. What if tomorrow is too late? This is a very somber reminder that I must never take anything for granted and that every day, moment, hour is precious and should not be squandered.
Consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation to help find a cure for such an unfair and cruel disease that rips those we care about from us much to quickly. http://www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html
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Personal Account: My Brain on Sales
MP Dunleavey is DailyWorth’s Editorial Director.
Last weekend was a hectic (but fun) time with family—but it was peppered with work, and followed by a high-pressure Monday morning meeting.
Worse, everywhere I went there was another store window with “SALE” plastered all over it. And… all I wanted to do was shop.
This Is Your Brain on Sales
It was as if some part of my brain took over, and said that it was OK to cut loose because I was stressed—not because I had any extra cash.
I write a lot about the psychology of money and spending, including this recent MSN column about stealth budgets. I know from long experience that I tend to be an emotional spender—and many studies show that for some people (ahem) spending releases happy chemicals in the brain.
So, there I was, staring at the mouth-watering Anthropologie window. I was smart enough to ask myself: Why are you giving yourself license to spend?
“Because I’m stressed! And then I’ll feel better!” came the merry reply.
“You can’t shop when you’re all wound up,” I told myself. And then, dear DW readers… I walked away.
It’s possible to triumph over long-held, unhealthy patterns—and I’m living, money-saving proof. Tell us about your financial victories here.
The truly humble person is not one who feels worthless or inferior.
True smallness is what happens when a person stops thinking, “What will be with me?”
and instead thinks, “What is needed of me right now?”
By Tzvi Freeman