Have a Magnificent Day!

Have a Magnificent Day!

Carrots, Eggs or Coffee – What Are You?

A wonderful metaphor:

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 out the carrots and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled out the eggs and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled out the coffee 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 hard-boiled egg.  Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled as she tasted its richness and savored its 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 become even 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 best of things that come their way.  The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you cannot go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.


Have an awesome day and know that someone thought about you!

:) Lee
The Mega Coach

  • Sheila Hurtz

    Just stumbled upon this site today! This metaphorical story is truely amazing!!! Thank for sharing, not only this story, but also your time, knowledge and goodwill!
    A traumatic childhood has left me like the egg,”my shell may look the same, but on the inside I am bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart!”
    How can i become like the coffee bean?

  • Jayasomu R S

    The very thinking will bring out the bean in you.

  • Lee

    Hi Sheila,
    Thank you for your acknowledgement.
    First by discovering that you are behaving like an egg you ive yourself the gift of truth which allows you to move forward in any way you choose.
    Second, forgive yourself and anyone else that has contributed to your previous choices and experiences to be an egg.
    Now make a new empowering choice!
    Choose the beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions of a coffee bean, metaphorically speaking. Let yourself be the healthy, happy, peaceful, kind and wonderful spiritual being that you are.
    You can be, do and have whatever you want. It starts with your beliefs, tthoughts, feelings and actions.

  • http://httop:// Csilla

    How very true. I have read this before but needed to read it today. I have a son who suffers from severe anxiety and depression and was hospitalized this past week-end. I always see him as the coffee bean but unfortunately he sees himself as an egg. Your reply to Sheila was most encouraging. Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom here. I always read your posts!

  • Ed Lavin

    This a great story lee thank you

  • Your NameKrisha

    Great story made stop and think to the point I had to re read again. I think I been a carrot most of my life, and would love to be a coffee bean. Thank you so much has made stop and think.

  • themegacoach

    Carrots are good, eggs are good and coffee bean have their good uses.
    It is nice to be flexible and consciously choose.
    Have a wodnerful day!
    :) Lee

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sheila Hurtz

    “Now make a new empowering choice!
    Choose the beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions of a coffee bean, metaphorically speaking. Let yourself be the healthy, happy, peaceful, kind and wonderful spiritual being that you are.
    You can be, do and have whatever you want. It starts with your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and action.”

    So, so inspirational! Will try & implement.

    Lots of Love and Good Wishes,

    • themegacoach

      Hi Sheila,
      Thank yo for your acknowledgement and kind words.

      Why try, just do it…….

      Have a blessed week!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Leke Ositade

    Thanks very much Lee. I always enjoy reading your blog, its always inspiring. You are blessing our world, thats why you are spreading blessings to us each time.

    • themegacoach

      Thank you and blessings to you too!
      :) Lee

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