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|03/04/01 at 4:54:53 PM|
|alsalamu alaykum wa rhmat Allah wa barakatuh|
got this in my email..masha'Allah ...pls read it everyone:-)
A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so
hard for her. She did not 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 father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with
water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came
to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the
last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without
saying a word.
The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he
was doing. In about twenty minutes he and turned off the burners. He
fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out
and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a
Turning to her he asked. "Darling, what do you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
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. She smiled as she tasted its
She humbly asked. "What does it mean Father?"
He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling
water, but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But 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
The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they were in the
boiling water, they had changed the water.
"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? "
How about you? Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and
adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?
Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were you a
fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a
layoff have you become hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but
are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart?
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot water, the
thing that is bringing the pain, to its peak flavor reaches 212 degrees
Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better.
If you are like the coffee bean, when things are at their worst, you get
better and make things better around you .
When people talk about you, do your praises to the Lord increase? When
the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, does your worship
elevate to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
|03/08/01 at 12:37:51|
That was deep masha Allah, i especially liked the rhetorical question
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