Monday, March 17, 2008

May We All Be Coffee

You may never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

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 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 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 hardboiled egg.Finally, the mother asked the daughter 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. 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 flavour. 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 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 most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

To all of you who has touched my life in one way or another; to those who make me smile when I really need it; to those who make me see the brighter side of things when I'm really down; to those who appreciate the friendship... you guys are so meaningful in my life.

P/S: Thanx to my husband for emailing this good philosophy to be shared with everyone...


Anonymous said...

Hezzy, can I have a 3rd option? Can I become both the coffee and egg, so that I'll be a coffee with egg or more commercially known in the market as 'kopi jantan'...seriously, the egg reflects someone who stands out amidst the turbulent environment and the coffee influences its environment, kan gitu?

Hezzy Azra... said...

Huh... 3rd option?! Oh, u mean 4th option, is it? Hehe...
Ok jugak'll be the most influencial hero under all circumstances and environment.

P/S: Sedap jugak kan if we were to have a cup of coffee and half boiled eggs for breakfast... then cicah dgn roti bakar mcm kat Hai Peng, Kemaman... emmm... tapi bukan packet 'kopi jantan' yg dlm commercial tu ye!

iantie said...

Kak Hezzy,
Saya suka dengan novel sulung Kak Hezzy. Nak tanya, Kak Hezzy ada plan nak sambung cerita mengenai EJ dengan Ku Ril ke? Kalau boleh, sambung laaa...nak jugak tahu mcmana cerita dengan diorang...


Hezzy Azra... said...
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Hezzy Azra... said...

Salam iantie.
Berbanyak terima kasih kerana sudi baca MK. And so glad tat u like it!

Tentang plan nak sambung cerita EJ-Ku Ril tu memang ada cuma bukan dalam waktu yg terdekat ni. I have yet to finish my 2nd manuscript and InsyaALLAH, EJ-Ku Ril will be the next project.

Many thanks for ur support... I do appreciate it!

Lynn Dayana said...

Hezzy, aku suka part..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.
Aku dah baca ni lama dulu tapi bila baca semula, reaksi aku ttp sama... tersenyum!
Semalam kak Lily H kata, laman org mmg nmpk hijau... bila aku suarakan keresahan aku... dan spt biasa aku yg degil ni, laju menjawab, " Laman ada gardener memanglah terjaga!" Haha... Bila positif, masalah sebesar gajah terasa seberat zarah, masa negatif... masalah sekecil kuman, bagaikan ada meteor yg dtg menyerang! Emmm......pms betul aku la ni...

Hezzy Azra... said...

Aku suka quote ni..."the happiest of people dont necessarily have best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along their way."
Tak semestinya laman org yg ada gardener tu cantik belaka... dibuatnya gardener dia tu sewel dok tabur racun ker... hah...tak naya? Baik aku puas hati dgn laman aku yg tak cantik tu... dah tentu aku sendiri yg tanam walaupun tak reti gardening!
Aku pun PMS, main hentam je la... hehe


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