Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean?

•October 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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 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 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 then 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 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 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?” 

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 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 of your life. 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 changed by your surroundings or do you bring life, flavor, to them? 


~ Author Unknown ~




Johnny Tremain

•October 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment


•October 17, 2008 • 3 Comments

Picking up the tiny bundle, I was surprised that my name is written, it was a Birthday Gift from my Big Brother. Even though it has been more than two years since we made a big deal about birthdays, he still remembered to give me one. I tore the rappers of, and to my astonishment, it was a remote controlled Helicopter, I have been asking my dad to buy me one, and now it’s right in front of me, waiting to be tested. It was red, with yellow stripes; the helicopter was only as big as my hand, but extremely powerful. Suddenly my big brother knocked at my door asking me if I would like to take the chopper out on a test flight, without hesitating I shouted YES. My brother asked for the helicopter and told me to wait outside. I ran outside, ready than ever. My brother came out holding the chopper in his left hand and the remote in the other. He laid the helicopter on the ground, gave me the remote and told me to have fun.

By the moment I held the remote, I felt excited and worried at the same time; there were a lot of trees surrounding us. I wouldn’t want my new and haven’t been used chopper to get stuck high up in a tree. I decided to tell my brother that I’d rather test it out in an open space and there was only one place that I could think of, the park. As we arrived I was so anxious to try out my helicopter that I could already see myself flying the chopper high up in the air. I reached for the chopper and its remote then raced outside almost tripping. The Chopper was set, remote in my hand, the excitement running through my body, all which turned into a disappointment, the chopper won’t work.

I was studying the chopper, looking for something wrong. I looked to my brother, who was laughing at me. He walked towards me and said “On the remote first”. I turned a little red, for all the things I would forget, the on switch, of course.

By the end of the day I was tired, my neck hurts since I was looking up the whole time, my legs was sore because I was standing for the last 2 hours. On the way home, I told myself that I would remember this day for the rest of my happily ever after life.

Kung Fu Panda: The Sequel

•October 2, 2008 • 1 Comment

Dream Works announced that a sequel to Kung Fu Panda will be launched in June 3, 2011. This film will reunite Jack Black, as Po the panda, Angelina Jolie and other actors in the original voice cast. The sequel will be about Po, the world’s biggest Kung Fu Fan, continuing his journey as “The Chosen One” and mastering the art of Kung Fu.

Kung Fu Panda has reached over $620 million, making it one of the most successful movies of 2008. Jeffery Katzenberg, an American movie producer and CEO of DreamWorks, says that he can make 5 more movies from Kung Fu Panda, which is more than he planned for his billion-dollar Shrek franchise. Bill Damaschke, President of Live Productions added that, “The story of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ provided a great introduction to these characters and afforded wonderful opportunities to further expand on the world we created in ancient China. Quite simply, there’s more story to tell.”

Can’t wait to see The Sequel…

The Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy

•September 29, 2008 • 2 Comments

Lehman Brothers, a diversified, global financial services firm, founded in 1850 by two brokers in Montgomery, announced that it would file for liquidation on September 14, 2008. This was due to huge losses in mortgage and a loss of investor confidence crippled it and was unable to find a buyer.

Lehman’s slow collapse started to unfold in the summer of 2007, when its stocks began to fall slowly from a share of $82. These were based on the fact the firm was a major player in the market of mortgages.

But by the summer of 2008 the roller coaster ride started to have more downs than ups. A series of decrease was accompanied by new offerings to seek capital to boost its finances.

“If you could meet any famous person who is alive today, who would you pick and why?”

•September 28, 2008 • 6 Comments

If I was to meet a famous person, it would be Jesse McCartney. It’s because he almost has the same name as I do, and he sang one of my favorite song “Best Day of My Life” and “One Way or Another”.

Jesse was also in some movies, he was one of the voices in “Horton Hears a Who”, Theodor in the movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, in an animation movie “Kingdom Hearts” and lots more. He also starred in the short-lived series called “Summerland”, and also guest starred in the new Disney series “Hannah Montana”.

That is why I would like to meet him…

A Letter from a Massachusetts Bay Colonist

•September 23, 2008 • 2 Comments

Dear William,

It is I, James Quint. I wrote this letter on the 23rd of September 1630. I’m at the new colony here in Massachusetts hoping for a better life. The people here are very well prepared and we had just finished building our town’s church. The speech of our leader John Winthrop has encouraged us to build an ideal Christian community. Life here started hard but we have finally overcome the obstacles to face, we believe that there is still more, but we have faith that we will get through it.

The Plymouth Colony was a good help to us, we were able to trade for clothes and other things that our colony needed. We also faced a little resistance from the Natives at first, but soon, after a while we began to communicate with them and soon we established peace with them. Just a month ago, over a thousand people came here; they built their own towns like Salem, Mystic, Newton, Watertown, and Dorchester. In addition the people also built Boston, which we are planning to make the colony’s chief city.

After some while, the charter has even created a General Court to help run the colony, we turned the court into a type of self-government to try to represent the needs of the people. Each town in our colony sent two or three delegates to the General Court. The Governor is even hoping to make the General Court a two-house legislature, which means all decisions will now require a majority in each house.

Well my friend, my letter has now come to its end. I hope you visit me here someday, I have lots to tell you, but I’ll wait till we see again.

Your Friend, James Quint