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 though just 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 a 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 took the eggs out and placed them in a bowl and 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 her to take the egg and break it. After breaking the shell her daughter noted that the egg was hard boiled. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted the rich flavor. The daughter was puzzled and asked, “What are you trying to say?” Her mother explained that each of the objects faced the same misfortune, boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot was strong and firm and after the water became weak and soft. The egg had been fragile and soft inside. It became hardened with the adversity. The coffee was unique. When the coffee faced the issue, it changed the water.Which are you? Are you like the carrot that seems strong but with adversity lose your strength and wilt? Are you like the egg with a malleable heart and a fluid spirit that after a death, a sour romance or financial hardship become hardened? Perhaps you still look the same on the outside, but now bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or will you be the coffee? The coffee changed the very hot water that brought the pain. If you are the coffee, when things are at their worst you get better and change the situation around you. When you came into this world, you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so that at your end, everyone else is crying and you are smiling.
May we all be coffee.