Carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee

Seabird

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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. 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 do 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 inside became hardeneed.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the
boilingwater, 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?

Which are you, a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
 


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I too, believe that I am a coffee bean BUT with some egg characteristics. Have not quite learned how to forgive and forget :oops:
 

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WTF???

I don't like to be the first to pour scorn and ridicule on anybody else usually, but on this occasion...
are we carrots, eggs or coffee? Are you for real? This is the sort of dung that passes for philosophy among stoners and Christians, ffs.
 

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Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
Coffee beans placed in boiling water and cooked for twenty minutes would produce a rather foul brew, with very little aroma to speak of.

This parable is flawed. I reject it.
 

Seabird

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Yep, I can see we have some true eggs in the house. ROFL :roll:
 

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joemomma said:
This parable is flawed. I reject it.
This parable is flawed. I accept it.

I would offer the opinion that the best adjusted people will, at different times in their lives, demonstrate the characteristics of all three.
 

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badinage,

badinage said:
Did you actually 'roll around the floor laughing', and then compose yourself, and 'roll your eyes up' ?
Actually, I rolled on the floor while rolling my eyes. I am capable of doing it simultaneously. :shock:
 

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Seabird said:
badinage,

badinage said:
Did you actually 'roll around the floor laughing', and then compose yourself, and 'roll your eyes up' ?
Actually, I rolled on the floor while rolling my eyes. I am capable of doing it simultaneously. :shock:
Must be the new diet, eh? :lol:
 

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I would offer the opinion that the best adjusted people will, at different times in their lives, demonstrate the characteristics of all three.
Irrelevant. The overriding point is that boiling coffee beans in water for twenty minutes will not make coffee. There is wisdom here for those who are willing to understand.
 

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how about if you bake them, speaking for myself boiled yellowfish is just mush but baked it can be very pleasent, carrots and roasted coffee to. though ive never baked an egg. hope this helps
 

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joemomma said:
Irrelevant. The overriding point is that boiling coffee beans in water for twenty minutes will not make coffee. There is wisdom here for those who are willing to understand.
It's a valid point, but not an overriding one.

You take far too literal a view of parables, mon ami. A teller of tales must be permitted some artistic licence, non?
 

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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. 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 do 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 inside became hardeneed.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the
boilingwater, 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?

Which are you, a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Ah! the good old days of p.ie!
 

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It is rare that any good comes from necromancing. Witness the Hidden Derrière, Crouching Tiger thread. ;)
 


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