Saturday, July 14, 2012

Which Are You?

This is shared information about a detailed description of how a young woman learned a valuable life lesson from her Mother, at a very critical time in her life. I discovered it a few days ago, and liked it so much I am hoping my readers will also. Read on...

A young woman went to her Mother and told her about how hard things were for her and how tough her life was at that time. She did not know how she was going to make it, and she was seriously considering giving up the struggle. She was so tired of fighting from one day to the next ; always solving one problem after the other.

Her Mother took her into the kitchen, and she filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire on the stove. In the first pot she placed some carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the third she placed some ground coffee beans. 

When the pots came to a boil, about twenty minutes later the Mother 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." The daughter replied to her that she saw carrots, eggs and coffee.

Her Mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots noting that they were soft, and next she asked her to take an egg and break it. When she did, she observed the hard boiled egg. Last, she took a sip of the brewed coffee and smiled as she tasted the rich aroma. The daughter asked her Mother what all of this meant.

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. But after being in boiling water for a time, it became soft and weak. The egg had been fragile, and after being in boiling water for a time it became hardened inside. Then she explained how the coffee beans were unique. Instead of the water changing them, They changed the water.

"Which are you?" asked the Mother of her daughter.

Which are you? When adversity knocks at your door do you respond as the carrot, the egg or the coffee beans? Strong at first but weakening under adversity like the carrot? How about the egg; going in with a hard shell with a malleable heart but allowing your insides to tighten up? Or, as the coffee beans did ; change the outcome of the very adversity that brought the pain?

Elevating oneself at the very hour of difficult circumstances can take us to a whole new level...which are you?