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It’s not how we fall, but rather how we pick ourselves back up that counts.’

I needed this to keep me reminded

‘It’s not how we fall, but rather, how we pick ourselves back up that 
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…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 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 boil. In the first she 
placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in 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 
daughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what 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 hardboiled 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. 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 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 hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate 
yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an 
egg or a coffee bean? 
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you 
strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. 
The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they 
just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest 
future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in 
life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. 
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. 
Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone 
around you is crying. 
You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to 
you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; 
to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you 
see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose 
friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life. 
If you don’t send it, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten 
someone’s day with this message! 
May we all be COFFEE! 
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