Did the title grab your attention? 🙂 I heard this story this morning and knew what my blog had to be about today. May it speak to you!
There was a young woman who was devastated as she talked to her Grandma about all the trials she was going through. She felt so worn down and was ready to throw in the towel and just give up. Her Grandma didn’t say a word, just listened as she took 3 pots out and put carrots in one, a egg in another one and coffee beans in the 3rd pot. She proceeded to boil water in each of the pots and she just sat there with her granddaughter as the pots boiled. She put the pots in front of her granddaughter and asked what she saw. “I see carrots, a egg and coffee.” She invited the girl to feel the carrots and the egg. The carrots were very soft, the egg had a hard shell for it was hard boiled. The grandmother told the girl to take a sip of the coffee, she did and smiled as its rich aroma was in the air and its sweet taste delighted her taste buds. She smiled, but was confused and asked, “What does this all mean Grandmother?”
Her Grandmother replied, “Think of this, Which are you?” Are you the carrot that seems strong at first but with pain and adversity you wilt. You become soft and lose your strength. Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat. Did you have a fluid spirit that has now become stiff after trials and hardship? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside you have become bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or are you like the coffee bean that actually changes the water. The very circumstance that brought the pain. When the water gets hot it releases its fragrance and flavor. When things are at the worst, do you get stronger and release your sweet spirit? When the hour of adversity gets the worst and things get darker, do you rise above it and make yourself better through it all?
So now do you know the answer to the title of this post? Which are you? Or what do you want to strive to be?