Blue Bell’s Weblog

October 7, 2007

-= Carrots, Eggs, And Coffee =-

Filed under: Motivation & Inspiration, SToRy — lydiairawati @ 10:37 pm

A certain daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem was solved another arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what he was trying to do. She had problems, and he was making this strange concoction. In half an hour he walked over to the oven and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out and placed them in the bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in the bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her he asked. “Darling what do you see,”

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

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee.

Humbly, she asked. “What does it mean Father?”

He explained. “Each of them faced the same adversity, 212 degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently.”

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after going through boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid center. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.”

The coffee beans are unique however. After they were in the boiling water, it became stronger and richer.” “Which are you,” he asked his daughter.

When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity, heat you wilt and become soft with no strength?

Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? A fluid spirit. But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, a layoff you became hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but you are so bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart, internally.

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get its peak flavor and robust until it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better. When things are there worst, you get better. When people talk the most, your praises increase. When the hour is the darkest, trials are their greatest, your worship elevates to another level.

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?


Seorang anak mengeluh pada ayahnya tentang hidupnya yang sulit. Ia tidak tahu lagi harus berbuat apa dan ingin menyerah saja. Ia lelah berjuang. Setiap saat satu persoalan terpecahkan, persoalan yang lain muncul.

Ayahnya, seorang juru masak, tersenyum dan membawa anak perempuannya ke dapur. Ia lalu mengambil tiga buah panci, mengisinya masing-masing dengan air dan meletakkannya pada kompor yang menyala. Beberapa saat kemudian air dalam panci-panci itu mendidih. Pada panci pertama, ia memasukkan wortel. Lalu, pada panci kedua ia memasukkan telur. Dan, pada panci ketiga ia memasukkan beberapa biji kopi tumbuk. Ia membiarkan masing-masing mendidih.

Selama itu ia terdiam seribu bahasa. Sang anak menggereget gigi, tak sabar menunggu dan heran dengan apa yang dilakukan oleh ayahnya. Dua puluh menit kemudian, sang ayah mematikan api. Lalu menyiduk wortel dari dalam panci dan meletakkanya pada sebuah piring. Kemudian ia mengambil telur dan meletakkanya pada piring yang sama. Terakhir ia menyaring kopi yang diletakkan pada piring itu juga.

Ia lalu menoleh pada anaknya dan bertanya, “Apa yang kau lihat, nak?”

“Wortel, telur, dan kopi, ” jawab sang anak. Ia membimbing anaknya mendekat dan memintanya untuk memegang wortel. Anak itu melakukan apa yang diminta dan mengatakan bahwa wortel itu terasa lunak.

Kemudian sang ayah meminta anaknya memecah telur. Setelah telur itu dipecah dan dikupas, sang anak mengatakan bahwa telur rebus itu kini terasa keras.

Kemudian sang ayah meminta anak itu mencicipi kopi. Sang anak tersenyum saat mencicipi aroma kopi yang sedap itu. “Apa maksud semua ini, ayah?” tanya sang anak.

Sang ayah menjelaskan bahwa setiap benda tadi telah mengalami hal yang sama, yaitu direbus dalam air mendidih, tetapi selepas perebusan itu mereka berubah menjadi sesuatu yang berbeda-beda. Wortel yang semula kuat dan keras, setelah direbus dalam air mendidih, berubah menjadi lunak dan lemah.

Sedangkan telur, sebaliknya, yang semula mudah pecah, kini setelah direbus menjadi keras dan kokoh.

Sedangkan biji kopi tumbuh berubah menjadi sangat unik. Biji kopi, setelah direbus, malah mengubah air yang merebusnya itu.

Maka, yang manakah dirimu?” tanya sang ayah pada anaknya. “Di saat kesulitan menghadang langkahmu, perubahan apa yang terjadi pada dirimu? Apakah kau menjadi sebatang wortel, sebutir telur atau biji kopi?”


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