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 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 oﬁC the burners. She ﬁshed out the carrots and placed them in a bowl. She pulled out the eggs and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled out the coffee and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
Her grandmother 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 grandmother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its richness and savored its aroma. The granddaughter then asked, “What does it mean, grandma?”
Her grandmother 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.
“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?”
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do | 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 | 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 become even better and change the situation around you.