Archive | March 13, 2013

Story of Joe and Charlie

 

Joe and Charlie. They are friends. One day they were vacationing at a beach. For some reason they suddenly quarrel and finally Joe slapped Charlie’s face. Charlie was shocked and stunned. He was very upset and hurt. Without saying any words, he wrote something on the beach sands “Today my best friend slapped my face!! “

A few moments later, they were walking along the beach. And… Something happened!! They do not know that there is a quicksand on that beach area. Worse, Charlie stuck and sinking into the quicksand.  Joe was shocked and panicked. But then he’s trying hard to pull out the Charlie’s body that is almost completely drowned. He kept trying with a vengeance to save Charlie’s life.

Joe successfully rescues Charlie from that awful quicksand!!          

After a while, after Charlie was recovers, He looking for a big tree in that beach area, and after finding a tree, he wrote something in the tree. “Today my best friend saved my life!!

Joe was confused to see what Charlie did.  He immediately asked, “After I slapped you. You wrote in the sand and now you write on a tree. What does that mean?” 

Charlie smiled and replied, ” When someone hurts us we should write it down in the sand so that words immediately washed away and we were over lock it quickly. But when someone does something good for us, we had to carve on a tree so that is not easily carried away by water or wind. And we will always remember that kindness. Dear friend, today you saved my life and I will never forget your kindness ”

Let us learn to forget the pain and always keep in our minds the wonderful memories of our lives           

 

The carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean

 

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 that, 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 a 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 do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the young woman replied. The mother 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?” the mother 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, or a financial hardship, 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 hours are 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?