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Postby gatekeeper » Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:10 pm

It motivated me a lot, hope those who need cheering up would like it!

carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never
>>>look at a
>>> cup of coffee the same way again.
>>> A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs
>>> 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 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
>>> smiled
>>> as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked,
>>> it mean, mother?"
>>> Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the
>>> adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot
>>>went in
>>> strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to
>>> boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been
>>> Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but
>>> sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
>>> ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?
>>>Are you
>>> a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
>>> May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials
>>>to make
>>> you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to
>>>make you
>>> The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
>>> they just make the most of everything that comes along their
>>>way. The
>>> brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you
>>>can't go
>>> forward in life until you let go of your past failures and
>>> When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was
>>> Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and
>>> around you is crying.
>>> You might want to send this message to those people who mean
>>> to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life
in one
>>>way or
>>> another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to
>>> who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really
>>> to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so
>>> in your life.
>>> >>>
>>> It's easier to build a child than repair an adult. This is so
>>>true - may
>>> we all be COFFEE.
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Hope is Important

Postby Phoenix » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:37 am

That is a lovely metaphor, it really is. I'm an egg. When shizzle goes pear-shaped I put on some appropriate music and get ready to chug through, knowing that no one in 100 year's time is going to give a flying fiddle about my problem - therefore, it is solvable. And if it's not... then i have a real problem and need to channel Gandhi for a while - see what he has to say about it. That's my usual tactic and it's got me through everything from family collapse, family conflict, relationship breakups and sexual abuse to feelings of suicide and shatteringly-low self-esteem.

No matter how bad things may seem, the sun will rise. As long as that fact remains true, or any other constant positive fact, hope remains. And hope is important - it's the light that gets you through the hardships in life. If you have a problem and are reading this - you have hope. Every breath you take is a sign of hope. No one EVER gives up hope on life, as long as they are still alive. To give up all hope for the future is to commit suicide - the most terrible thing.

Anybody and everybody - e-mail me if you need someone who'll listen and respond to the best of her abilities, to any and every problem you might have.

I'm a Big believer in Karma. Enough said.
Why do we fall? -So we can learn to pick ourselves up again. PM me anytime about anything.
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