Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; “Which are you?”

Grandmother says…

Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; “Which are you?”

A young woman went to her grandmother 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 grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. 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 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 granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”

Image“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got 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 granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?”

Her grandmother 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 granddaughter.

“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. 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?




The moral of the story is what really matters.


Re-posted from Facebook.

A young man had a girlfriend and he was getting tired of her because she sent him messages every hour that said “I miss you” or “I love you”.

One night before bed he received a message, but rather than read it went to sleep. In the morning he was awakened by a call. It was girlfriend’s mother crying saying that his girlfriend was killed last night. He was in a state of shock, went to read the message: “My sweetheart, come quickly, I think someone is following me!”.

Moral of the story: never reject those who love, care, and try to reach out to you, because one day you’ll realize you lost the moon while counting the stars!

Don’t take for granted who you have in your life today; you may wake tomorrow only to find they are gone….forever.

Guys, Here’s Your Sweetie’s Christmas Stocking List

Let’s do some holiday shopping.

A few days ago I posted stocking stuffer ideas for a fella’s stocking, now here’s the list of 100 ideas for the girl’s stockings.

Click on the image below and it will open in another window where you can either print the list and take with you to the store, or if you’re unsure what the item is, you can click on any underlined item and the link will take you to a website where that particular item can be purchased (if you’d like).  I am not endorsing any of the merchants by linking to their website, I just wanted to make it easier to shop for your sweetie.

You Look So Good In Love!

A Lifetime…Searching

We spend our lives longing for and searching for it.  We talk about it, what it means to us, and at some point in our lives, we have all hoped that the purest and truest sense of it…finds us.  For some, it consumes their every moment and others confuse it with lust.  What is it?  It has been call one of nature’s greatest gifts.  It’s LOVE.

What is love? Can it be measured equally among mankind, or can it be measured at all?  Is it unconditional?  Love means different things to different people and I believe that two people who are in love, will share somewhat the same views of love and what it means between them, in their relationship.

The Magic, The Warmth, The Security

Love is the magnificent work of nature that guides a blind heart.  Love is patient, love protects and does not judge.  Love is romantic, it bonds, is intimate, and connects.  Love is thrilling, fascinating, and complex.  Love is committed, comforting, warm, and secure.  No matter how you feel it, love is real, love is true.  Love can make a woman feel sexy and a man more masculine.  Some believe love is something that sweeps us off our feet, knocks our socks off, or bells and whistles will sound in our head when we are in the depths of it.  Love can join lovers or bound best friends; it is never the same in different relationships.  Why is it called “falling in love” when we experience a feeling of utopia and are on Cloud 9?

Some have bought companionship, attention, loyalty, or compassion; but love itself cannot be bought.  But what is love, and how do we know when we are in “it“?   People have commented to others “Love looks good on you“, and there are song lyrics which sing “You Look So Good In Love.”  We’ve also heard that the less love you have in your life, the more room you have for depression to settle in. Love=Happiness.

So, what is love?  It’s the smile that is plastered across your face when your someone special walks in the room.  It’s sweaty palms and pounding heart.  It’s the stars in their eyes when they look at you!

That’s what love is! Are you in it?