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    A friend emailed this to me today. He must have sensed I needed it. I don't know where it originated but I thought it was something worth sharing...

    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.
    In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed an egg and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.
    She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minuets 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.
    She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were 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 daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma.The daughter then asked. "What's the point, mother?"
    Her mother 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 outre shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, it's
    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 daughter."
    When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee
    bean?"

    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 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.
    When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?
    How do you handle Adversity?
    ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?

    [ April 08, 2002 at 04:44 PM: Message edited by: Fabulous Shadow aka VHL ]</p>
    <a href="http://www.vhwalkathon.org" target="_blank">VHWalkathon - Project 316</a><br /><br />EVH: The music is first and foremost. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it will always be. Because without the music, what is there? Nothing. There's nothing without the music. You can't even cop an attitude without the music (laughs).

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    I'm a coffee bean, with just a tad of cream and sugar! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    That's pretty good. I'm gonna use that on my clients. Thanks [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

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    That must make me ESSPRESO!
    Plstrcast everywhere else, Smudge NYC here.. so kiss my arse!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/smudgenyc" target="_blank">http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/smudgenyc</a>

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    Originally posted by SMUDGE NYC:
    That must make me ESSPRESO!
    You mean over-powering yet effective?
    <a href="http://www.vhwalkathon.org" target="_blank">VHWalkathon - Project 316</a><br /><br />EVH: The music is first and foremost. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it will always be. Because without the music, what is there? Nothing. There's nothing without the music. You can't even cop an attitude without the music (laughs).

 

 

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