Are you a Carrot, an Egg or a Coffee Bean?


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!!
I wish you all the best for this brand New Year and this is officially my fifth year of blogging!!

Well, it's a brand "New Year" and last night I had an opportunity to read a few blog posts from some of my blogs friends and readers regarding their 2014 yearly recap. As always each any every posts were very moving and surprising; each writer had their own sets of success as well as sorrow in the year 2014. And of you have taken the lesson from 2014 to reinvent yourself into a better individual. A huge applause for that acknowledgement and after reading the post, I started thing about this post I read on facebook a few years back which told the story of figure who we are as an individual.

As individuals, we tend to face challenges everyday with our communication with our feelings, habits, surroundings as well as people around us. In this world, we need to make our own choices on how we get through the tough problems and situations caused in our lives. We can't always wait for an angel to solve our problems but rather we must be our own angels. I understand, that it is easy to feel angry, upset, mad, sad and even disappointed but these are just part of life.

Remember, it is always easy to blame others and even to lock yourself away when failure occurs when suffering knocks at your door.

A young woman went to her grandmother 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 that as one problem was solved, a new one arose. 

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, 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 then 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 granddaughter, 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 were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. 

The granddaughter then asked, "What does it mean, Grandmother?" 

Her grandmother 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 granddaughter. "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 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 of your life. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get 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? Are you changed by your surroundings or do you bring life, flavor, to them? 

ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?

DISCLAIMER: I take no credit for this post, just thought it was a great post to share and the photos used in this post does not belong to me unless stated. I just thought it would be a great way to start a discussion for the New Year :)

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  1.   I wish you a happy 2015 full of light dawns that fill you with vitality and beautiful sunsets that cover your tender heart!

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  2. This is so great! It really does get you thinking :)
    Happy New Year!

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  3. I think one person can have all this attributes, but a coffee bean is a good one.
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  4. Happy New year Harija!
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  5. Hi dear
    I'm agree with you
    you have to face every day as a challenge
    Ibe yourself strong and able to live with self-confidence
    have a nice day
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  6. Wowza! Very inspirational post. I think I am a carrot sometimes and a coffee bean sometimes. What are you? Love your blog. XOXO
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  8. sounds jummie :)
    happy new year sweetie!

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  9. Very cool story, darling. I hope I am a coffee bean!

    Happy 2015!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. So nice reflection

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  11. Great post ! I'm waiting for the next xoxo ♥
    Happy Year 2015 ! :)
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  12. Such an inspiring story! Think we should all try to be more of a coffee bean :) Thanks for sharing! xx

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  13. Cool post!!!
    I wish you all the best darling!
    Happy new year!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  14. Adorei o post, estou aqui pensando ainda quem sou eu. Acho que a vida sou um ovo e na adversidade me torno um café. Poxa ainda estou aqui refletindo, gostei muito e vou pergunta a minha amig. Há estou a seguir aqui o blog, te convido a conhecer e seguir o meu. Beijos

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  15. Love this post very well written enjoy reading while drinking my coffee. I'm more of a coffee bean I always look for solution to the problem. Happy Newy Year may it bring you blessing and joy.

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  16. What a wonderful post Harija!!! Love it!
    Happy new year!!!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't believe you've been blogging for 5 years, that is amazing! HNY!

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  18. love it =)
    happy new year!

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  19. Hi Harija! Happy New Year and thank you for visiting BHLM! You post is so well written, thoughtfully executed I'd say! I think I'm more like the egg, I'm always nervous when I start something but as you've written I guess I eventually brace myself to change and accept the situation! Have a lovely year ahead!
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  20. Terrific post, I suppose everyone is a bit of everything.
    Happy New Year
    Lenya
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  21. I'm an absolutely a coffee bean! ehehe
    kisses

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  22. Interesting post! I am prefer be a Coffee bean!

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  23. Great post ! Sometimes I am a carrot but I wanna be a coffee bean :) Happy New Year

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  24. This is such an inspiring post!
    I am definitely a carrot these days but i will work towards being more like coffee.

    xoxo
    Chidiogo

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  25. Happy New Year and glad to see you starting off the year with a great post. I think I a bit of everything.... A carrot with my husband, an egg with society and coffee bean with my staff

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  26. Nice pics ! :)
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    Love from Poland,
    Oliwia ♥

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  27. Awesome post! Happy new year dear, wishing you a very fun and successful 2015! :)

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  28. Today Google translator not work, so I can not understand the post. But I wanted to thank you for your visit and your nice comment. Check out my blog when u have time, today is first birthday of my blog!!! Have a nice day, kisses,
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  29. I haven't heard about this story yet and I think that it's difficult to choose which of those things I am, I think that partly I'm like coffee bean and partly like an egg. Have an amazing evening, dear :)

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  30. Loved this ! :)


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  31. nice post!
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  32. Very interesting pist darling..
    Welcome back!
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  33. Amazing post.
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  34. Such a beautiful and unique story about the carrot, egg and coffee bean! Very inspirational indeed, thanks for sharing! I think I need to work towards becoming more like the coffee bean for sure!

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  35. nice post!!!!
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  36. Lovely post .
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  37. hmm this is a very interesting analogy! I don't know what I am! I guess it depends on the situations?! Thanks for sharing and have a great 2015!

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  38. Happy new year dear!!

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  39. I know that I am a coffee bean for sure - but I think you are coffee bean as well - i hope im right

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  40. this isnt fair, coffee taste so good, OF COURSE I WANT TO BE THE COFFEE.

    you have a very positive, as do I for 2015.

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  41. Great post! such inspirational post to consider deeper about ourself when facing difficulties in life.

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  42. I could see myself as a Coffee Bean... just close but not too accurate of my personality. I DO divert my weakness into a strong determination...I feel the pain but I become more go-getter and prove the point that I cannot waste my talents to only be hurt. Happy New Year Sweetie! This is a lovely story though, thanks!

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  43. Nice post!
    Baci,
    Marina
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  44. Maybe I'm becoming a coffee bean :)))
    Great post!
    Congrats for your blog... :)))

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  45. Happy New Year 2015!! Such an inspiring post, love it!

    Sharon
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  46. Happy New 2015, wish you all your dreams to come true!
    I am ver happy that you are back :) Wonderful post by the way!
    Kisses <3

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  47. I sure hope I'm the coffee bean!
    Such a great story- wishing you happy new year!

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  48. Such a cool post! I think a little bit of everything, can't find a specfic one that best describes me :) I hope you had a fabulous start of 2015!

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  49. Happy new year^^
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  51. So inspiring. I am the coffee bean at least !
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  52. Happy New year!!! I hope 2015 is wonderful for you and filled with happiness, love and health!!

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  53. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Really interesting post and I wish you all the best

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  55. very fun post!!! happy new year to you :)
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  56. Hmmm.. I guess I'm a Coffee Bean most of the times.. but I'm a combo of other 2 as well :) A very Happpy New Year to you :)

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  57. interesting post. thanks!

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  58. I wish you a wonderful 2015!!!
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  59. Great blog lovely! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope that we stay in touch!
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  60. Hello dear Harija, how are you ?
    I wish you all the best for this New Year 2015. Kisses :)

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