I love those graphic simple lessons that come around from unknown authors into our inbox and leave their mark in our memories for a life time.

The story goes as follows:

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 through life. It seemed 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 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 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 cup. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”



“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma, the granddaughter then asked, “What does it mean, grandma?”

Her grandmother 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 insides became hardened.
  • The ground coffee beans were unique; 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?”


The choice is yours. We can start in life like as a strong carrot but in the face of  pain, tragedy or challenges, we may end up wilting and losing our force; or we can start like an egg with a soft and fluid heart and get hardened by life circumstances despite our shelves looking the same.

Alternatively, we can be like the coffee beans getting transformed by the hot water, the circumstance that brought us the pain. The hotter the boiling water (when things get at its worst), the more aroma and flavor the coffee beans release.

(Author unknown)

The beauty of this lesson is that we all have free will to consciously choose how we want to react to adversity and transcend our life challenges.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    Great story, never heard that one!

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  2. Trina Graves says:

    This is one of those stories that pops up every now and then, but is well worth re-reading everytime! ❤

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  3. Awesome story Amira and yes they all have their different properties and one needs to so learn from them and grandmother was so good she had words of wisdom and knew how to explain to her granddaughter. These stories are eye openers in themselves and speak the truth. Thanks for the beautiful share and the pictures were apt. All go through difficulties and come out winners


    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Yes, I enjoy reading inspirational stories, because they bring us lessons we can easily remember when we need them to face challenges in life. Light and love to you dear friend 🙂


      1. Yes they surely bring our the best in them and lessons that help us in our day to day lives. Welcome dear Amira

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  4. LindaP says:

    Beautiful story Amira! I always love these stories that have so much wisdom in a simple comparison! Easy to remember.Love to you,Linda


    1. I agree! It’s always easier to remember simple stories that are very graphic and teach us a lesson in how we live our lives and face our challenges. I am so glad you enjoy them as well 🙂 ❤


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