<p>The carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean- SHORT STORY
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 that, 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 a 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," the young woman replied. The mother 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 does it mean, 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
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
"Which are you?" the mother 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 carro