Monday, April 26, 2010

Are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee beans?

One day, a young woman came to her grandfather and cried on his shoulder. She told him of her many problems. She felt so overwhelmed by them. It seemed like everything in her life was going wrong.

After she wept many tears, the old man told her, “Let’s go to the kitchen. I have something to show you.”

In the kitchen, the grandfather prepared three pots of water on the cooking range. On the first pot, he placed carrots. On the second pot, he placed eggs. On the third pot, he placed coffee beans. And he lit the fire beneath each of them.

For twenty minutes, they sat in silence as the fire heated the pots. After twenty minutes, the grandfather said, “If you notice, the fire underneath the pots are the same. Same heat. Same temperature. Yet you’ll notice how different things react to the fire.”

He fished out the carrots and placed it in a bowl. He made his granddaughter touch it.

“It’s soft,” she said.

He got an egg, broke it, and gave it to her.

“Hard boiled,” she said.

Finally, he opened the coffee pot—its fragrance filling the room. He poured a cup for her. She took a sip.

“That’s nice,” she said, “thanks, grandpa. But what does this all mean?”

He said, “Child, you’re going through fire. You’re going through trials. Everybody does. But how are you reacting? Are you like the carrot who thought it was hard and strong, but when the fire came, it became weak and lost all its strength? Or are you like the egg that had a malleable spirit and a tender heart, but when trials came, hardened its heart? Or are you like the coffee bean? The fire released its flavor and aroma. Your trials can release your gifts and dreams. Your trials can set you free. So tell me, are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee beans?”

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