Sunday, June 13, 2010
I was looking through some old photos and came across this picture. I took it in 2008 on a trip to Miami. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the angel . It was just a picture painted on the side of a building, no particular reason that I could see. I would have stopped and looked at it more closely but the neighborhood looked sketchy, at best, so I just snapped a quick pic out the window.
I found this story a while ago and just stumbled upon it again. After yesterday, this just reminded me that adversity is inevitable but how we respond is what is important. And we get to choose how we will respond!
A Carrot, An Egg and a Cup of Coffee
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 hard boiled 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 flavor. 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?
Friday, June 11, 2010
I need to be somewhere today at a particular time. I almost never need to be somewhere at a specific time. I can roll into work whenever I want but the one day I need to be somewhere (with all the stuff someone else needs!) I have a dead battery. This is ridiculous but it is true. I am waiting now for AAA. I guess I need to be thankful that there is AAA. Okay, I'm grateful..... now please get here soon AAA!
Monday, June 7, 2010
This last weekend was a very arty weekend! I finished up an angel picture I have been working on for a week. I think this may be the one I show to the ladies at The White Rabbit who have expressed an interest in my art. I am very hesitant to take anything up there, afraid that they will not see it as legitimate "art". I have gotten many positive reactions to my paintings but I always wonder if folks are just being nice. I'd hate that! Part of me feels like, "Hey, this is what I do and I enjoy it so if you like it, wonderful. If not, that's cool, too." The other part of me just wants to curl up with embarrassment. I think maybe I'm just too full of myself....really, is it that big a deal? Dan has totally encouraged me to go for it...he's proud of my work and thinks it's beautiful. I need to take some photos so I have it to post.