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Inspirational Quotes - Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee?
December 04, 2012
As I write this Newsletter my book is getting edited and artwork is being put together for the cover. Thank you to everyone who wrote in with ideas for the title I appreciate your help. Thanks also for the words of encouragement. I hope to have the book out by mid December. I'll keep you posted.
Greatest Inspirational Quotes
If nothing is going well,
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and 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 granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point,grandmother?"
Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water, but 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 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 a 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.
In life there will always be problems that arise, expecting otherwise will just create pain when the inevitable happens. Having problems is not the problem, it's how you look at and respond to them which creates frustration and unhappiness.
Expect the best in everything you do, but spend time preparing for the worst. Preparation will increase the likelihood of success and also make you better able to handle problems that arise.
Problems are just challenges and challenges don't have to disrupt your life. Use them as opportunities to learn and grow, then you can change the situation and enrich your life.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
Experience is not what happens to you;
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