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JunieBJones (JBJ)

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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 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 and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to 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 b owl. 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 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 daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then aske d, 'What does it mean, mother?'


Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water
. 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 daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean
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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 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 re leases 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 you 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 happy.


The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; 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 yo ur past failures and heartaches.


When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.


Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
 

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I love this. I have never liked to drink coffee, but I have behaved as a coffee bean most of my life.
I was diagnosed with two chronic diseases at the age of 17. I have had to live my life to the fullest everyday! "We are not here for a long time...we are here for a good time." "You can't eat an elephant in one bite." "It's not the mountain that gets moved that makes a difference...it's the little steps taken one at a time!" "Yes, you can do that which you think you cannot do...difficult does not mean impossible!"
These are quotes I have had all around my computer, for years, as I have set my life goals and achieved them!
Theodore Roosevelt has a quote that has been the inspiration for most of my life. It is called "Daring Greatly." I invite everyone who participates in this forum to look it up. I think you can find it by googling "Daring Greatly", by Theodore Roosevelt.
PEACE be with us.
 

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I'm the coffee bean....I make stuff bettter for a while, then I get cold and bitter and nobody can stand me
 

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I'm the coffee bean....I make stuff bettter for a while, then I get cold and bitter and nobody can stand me
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Surely you Jest! You cold, bitter, and no one can stand you? You? the ultimate teddy bear!
 

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I have been a carrot in a sea of celery
I have been an egg in a sea of white
I have been a bean of many kinds
I have been a pickle most my life.
What recipe am I?
 

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I love this. I have never liked to drink coffee, but I have behaved as a coffee bean most of my life.
I was diagnosed with two chronic diseases at the age of 17. I have had to live my life to the fullest everyday! "We are not here for a long time...we are here for a good time." "You can't eat an elephant in one bite." "It's not the mountain that gets moved that makes a difference...it's the little steps taken one at a time!" "Yes, you can do that which you think you cannot do...difficult does not mean impossible!"
These are quotes I have had all around my computer, for years, as I have set my life goals and achieved them!
Theodore Roosevelt has a quote that has been the inspiration for most of my life. It is called "Daring Greatly." I invite everyone who participates in this forum to look it up. I think you can find it by googling "Daring Greatly", by Theodore Roosevelt.
PEACE be with us..
Reminds me: "A long journey begins with a single step"
 

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I'm the coffee bean....I make stuff bettter for a while, then I get cold and bitter and nobody can stand me
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Surely you Jest! You cold, bitter, and no one can stand you? You? the ultimate teddy bear!
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gillumhouse said:
Surely you Jest! You cold, bitter, and no one can stand you? You? the ultimate teddy bear!
He's a teddy bear? Really? Wow!
=)
Kk.
 

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