Are you the Coffee?

A teenage boy went to his mother and told her about his life and how things were so hard for him. He did not know how he was going to make it and wanted to give up. He was tired of fighting and struggling… It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

His mother took him 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 son, she asked, ‘ Tell me what you see.’

‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ he replied.

His mother brought him closer and asked him to feel the carrots. He did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked her son to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, he observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the son to sip the coffee.. The son smiled as he tasted its rich aroma.

The son then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’

His 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 son. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?’

Which one are we? Are we the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do we wilt and become soft and lose our strength?

Are we the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did we have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have we become hardened and stiff? Does our shell look the same, but on the inside are we bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or are we 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. Are we are like the bean, when things are at their worst, we get better and change the situation around us. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do we elevate ourselves to another level? How do we handle adversity? Are we a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May we have enough happiness to make us sweet, enough trials to make us strong, enough sorrow to keep us human and enough hope to make us happy.

Moral: 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; we can’t go forward in life until we let go of our past failures and heartaches. When we were born, we were crying and everyone around us was smiling.. We need to live our life so at the end, we are the one who is smiling and everyone around us is crying.

May we all be the COFFEE !!!!

28 Responses to Are you the Coffee?

  1. Jola Animashaun April 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM #

    Great inspirational story to start a new week.
    Thanks Sara, more wisdom!

  2. MRKVaraprasad October 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM #

    Dear SARA,
    It is really adorable bringing the TRUE Facts of mother NATURE!!
    Excellent..Please keep on…

  3. vampire girl September 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    A very nice story Sara and thanx a lot for sending me this mail. I guess I’m more of the carrot type and Insha Allah I’ll try to become the COFFEE……..

    • Sana - Editor FFJ September 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM #

      In fact very few of us are like coffee not just you. May we all become coffee one day and remain to be so In shaa Allah 🙂

  4. PRAKAASAM MYNAMPATI August 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM #

    No words to say.The mother nature teaches us the way we should live.I congratulate you Sara and thank u for opening our eyes make us face the life.

    • Ali - Admin August 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM #

      Welcome Prakaasam.

  5. narayanan padmanabhan July 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    really true,I am a coffee lover

    • Ali - Admin July 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM #


  6. Roderick May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM #

    t’s time for coffee!!

  7. Aziz Rao April 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM #

    Good, Very True. Blessings

    • Ali - Admin April 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM #

      Have a nice day Aziz!

  8. ABDUL MATIN SHAEIKH March 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM #


  9. Somaly February 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Why we are the one who is smiling, but everyone around us are crying? Still we need to smile while the other are crying!

  10. Fatima Baig November 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

    Very motivating story, todays youth need to be patience .

  11. Hauwa October 6, 2012 at 3:11 AM #

    Very nice. Keep it up. Bless you.

  12. skybeen September 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM #

    a very good moral may extract from this story…..it needs concentration to bring change in our present condition……such moral stories are very rare now for our youth…..they use their eyes except of using their minds……they use their eyes at cell msgs at internet at games…….and there lives devil in their vacant minds….

    the said moral story is no doubt a valuable story but there should be some plate form for our youth,how to use their energy and hw to save their career.

    their should be some friendly guidance for them……not only a plat form a guidance but a caring eye all the time at their activities….the activities from morning till night,,,,,,,the activities which strt in the morning with cell phone and and ends till late night as a last point of their home work

  13. usman September 4, 2012 at 5:39 AM #

    may God almighty reward you abundantly for motivation and inspiration are the key ingredients that keeps us moving on all our endavours. God bless you SARA

    • Sara - Admin September 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM #

      Thankyou Usman.

  14. Zafar Iqbal August 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM #

    Please, please, this one made me cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Fatemah. Shabir April 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

      Ummmmm why????? 🙂

  15. Mohamoud August 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

    Salam Sara,
    It was a long time since my last visit here, but its just like it was yesterday!! Time really flies fast. u guys never let your viewers down. full of motivational stories that relates and deals with the problems of life and how to overcome it and to know how to stand up whenever adversity and difficult times trips us down. In addition to all that, theres always a need for some humor a laughter to complete the beauty of the morning each day. Thank u 🙂

    • Sara - Admin September 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM #

      Mohamoud nice to see you back.

  16. Mubarek AL-Amin August 26, 2012 at 6:34 AM #

    life is good and good to live it up…always going straight for all possible kinds is way of life.

  17. Amer Raza Khan August 25, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

    To change the whole situation, one has to extinct its existence, as the case with beans.

    • Hauwa hayatu August 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

      This is a nice lesson I have learned olot

    • Hauwa hayatu August 8, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

      This is a nice lesson I have learned o lot

  18. basheer kinaan August 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM #

    very nice
    in arabic there r similar wisdoms
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  19. Wasim August 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM #

    learn positive and move forward…its life.