InspirEmail No 272 - December 9th, 2013 - She let them sit and boil,without saying a word


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InspirEmail No 272 - December 9th, 2013 - She let them sit and boil, without saying a word
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This is the last issue of InspirEmail for 2013 and I take this opportunity to wish you Seasons Greetings and a great start to 2014. Thank you for taking time to read each issue of InspirEmail over the last year. I always welcome and value your comments and feedback about each issue. The first InspirEmail for next year will be sent to you on January 20th, 2014.

Best wishes and be inspired

Keith Ready

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word

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 of them on a high heat. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed a bunch of carrots, in the second she placed a handful of eggs, and in the last she placed a large scoopful of 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 daughter, she asked, 'Tell me, what do 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 asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity . . . boiling water, however, 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 in the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique. After they were put into 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 ground coffee beans?'

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 break-up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I tough with a hardened heart?

Or am I like the ground coffee beans? The ground coffee beans actually changes the hot water and releases the fragrance and flavour.

If you are like the ground coffee bean, when things are at their worst, do 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?

Author Unknown

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