Adversity. How will you respond?

happy-new-year-2014As we start a new year, we can expect there will be some adversity along the way.  How you respond is what makes or breaks you.

We face many challenges throughout our lives that will shape our future depending on how we deal with those challenges.

I came across this a few years ago (see below) and I just can’t say it better myself.

 

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S.

What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for each new day.  I’m thankful for positive people.  I’m thankful for coffee!

What are you thankful for today?

 

Are You a Carrot, An Egg, or a Coffee Bean?

Anonymous

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, 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 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 daughter then asked. “What does it mean, 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 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 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.

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 to another level?

How do you handle Adversity? Are you a Carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Adversity Makes You Stronger!

I was at a LegalShield event a couple of years ago and one of the speakers used a great analogy to demonstrate why adversity is actually good for and makes you stronger.

TreeThink about a tree growing indoors shielded from the elements. This tree will appear to be perfect. It will grow straight and tall. Until, one day, the tree falls over.

The reason the tree falls over is because it never had to resist the wind or face any adversity. Because it never had to resist any wind, the tree never sent out any other roots to anchor itself. Eventually, the tree grew so tall that it just couldn’t hold itself up any more.

The next time you are faced with some form of adversity, just think about this tree. The challenges you face throughout your life each force you to grow stronger and stronger until all of a sudden, you start to find life easier and easier.

Next time you face a challenge, remember to say thanks to God for the lesson and know that he will never give you more than you can handle, even if you don’t believe it yourself.

It’s kind of like the story about The Carrot, The Egg and The Coffee Bean. You can look back in my blog archive if you missed that one.

 

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S.
What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the snow that will blanket the ground and make a winter wonderland. I’m thankful for all my friends at LegalShield. I’m thankful that God gives us what we need even if it’s not what we want!

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

We face many challenges throughout our lives that will shape our future depending on how we respond to them. I came across this a few years ago and I just can’t say it better myself:

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, 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 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 daughter then asked. “What does it mean, 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 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 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.

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 to another level?

How do you handle Adversity? Are you a Carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are You a Carrot, An Egg, or a Coffee Bean?

Anonymous

 

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S.

What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful that my son will be home soon. I’m thankful my daughter is back at school safe and sound. I’m thankful for my wife who helped create this beautiful life!