Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Are you a Carrot, an Egg or Coffee Bean?

wednesdays were always the best in cedar, not only because we were dismissed early but rather we'll always have pupils & teachers sharing their stories about life to motivate cedarians. (ok smtimes it's boring though o.o) ms leong's were always the most entertaining & the most encouraging...

this was one of e stories she shared....

Are you a Carrot, an Egg or Coffee Bean?
By Author Unknown

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. In the first pot, 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 daughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?" "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 the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to smell and sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she smelled and tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?"

Her mother 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 daughter. "When trials and adversity knock 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 passive heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, 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 become better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

How do you handle adversity?
Like the CARROT, the EGG, OR the COFFEE BEAN?

It is the size of one's will which determines success.


Miao said...

i really respect and admire miss leong a lot. she is so intellectual, inspirational, kind and approachable. i remember in sec4 i looked for her in her office because i wanted to request her to allow me to drop art. i went in without prior notice but she was very nice about it and took me very seriously. made me feel very much at ease. she is a very understanding person, after listening to me she agreed to let me drop art, and i was so grateful to her for that because i'm quite sure if it had been some other principal i wouldn't have been allowed to drop art (er i was top in art in sec3, not to show off or whatever, but you get my point). i miss her so much, she's so eloquent and charismatic that 她骂人的时候也显得很优雅。

estelwen said...

haha, yeah i understand what u mean. she's one the best speakers/principles around.