Saturday, August 05, 2006

Carrot, Egg or Coffee?

Hello again ~~ Sounds like a Neil Diamond song !! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. My football team won, the first time in 11 games, though we did have a draw. That is A.F.L. and

our young players did very well . Hope of better things next year as they have really improved quite a lot. About Time !!!

This next story is rather long but I hope you may enjoy it.

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A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?"

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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 inside became hardened The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

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"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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most 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.

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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.

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<><> Alternate Meanings for established words: <><>

1. Coffee -- a person who is coughed upon.

2. Flabbergasted – appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate -- to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade – to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly -- impotent.

6. Negligent – describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph -- to walk with a lisp. ??

8. Gargoyle – an olive flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence – emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steam-roller.

10. Balderdash – a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle – a humorous question on an exam.

12. Pokemon – A Jamaican proctologist.

<><> One Small Quickie to Finish <><>

How to clean the house.

1. Open a file in your PC.

2. Name it “Housework”.

3. Send it to the Recycle Bin

4. Empty the Recycle Bin.

5. Your PC will ask you “Are you sure you waant to delete Housework permanently?”

6. Calmly answer, “Yes” and press the mouse button firmly.

7. Feel better? Works for me !!

<><><> Bye For Now Folks. Happy Weekend, Merle. <><><>

8 comments:

Tammy said...

I want to be a cup of coffee with splenda and cream please!!
Loved the Parable...it really spoke to me!!
My sis got a kick out of the small joke you left in my comments...she does not have a blog, but reads me every weekend!
:-D

Granny said...

Nice story.

Raggedy said...

I am overwhelmed.
This post was awsome and touched me deeply...The carrot, coffee, and egg was beautiful!
The housework at the end made me laugh out loud..
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

Susiebadoozie said...

excellent house cleaning method......

so, i've decided now that i've read your story that i'm going to become the coffee, yup. i'm coffee

Jon Cox said...

Wonderful post! Hahaha! I love the meanings! What a great story as well! :o)

Grish said...

Haha, real nice story. Have a nice weekend yourself...

Jon Cox said...

Thank you so much for your comment, I appreciate it A LOT!! :o) Thank you so much for all of your support as well as encouragement, it REALLY means a lot to me!

rhapsody said...

Wonderful jokes & insights to reflect on over a yummy cup of coffee:)

Thanks Merle! Catch you in the am:)