Are You a Carrot, an Egg or a Coffee Bean

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. – William Arthur Ward

What pressures are you under right now?
What difficulties are you facing?
And how are you coping with them?

For many of us, our approach to adversity is predictable. Some of us tense up and become harsh, some of us try our best to ignore the issue and hope it goes away, others give up and tolerate what’s happening. And there are those, who seem to find a way to rise to the occasion with focus and clarity and make the most of a bad situation – or in fact, turn it into a win for them. For those of you who have not heard it, the story of The Carrot, The Egg, and The Coffee Bean, written by an unknown author, is a great little story that makes a perfect analogy about the choices we make when faced with difficulty. When you face hard times, which one are you – a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? Read on and find out. Coffee bean? Read on and find out.

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 up and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling and it seemed that one trouble led to the other. 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.

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