Spreading Good News (Part 421 – How Do You Handle Adversity?)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.



THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love”

Lena Sledge of Madison, Alabama, says, “Wonderfully Inspiring and Entertaining.  This book is a wonderful insight into the relationship that grows out of loving animals, particularly dogs.  I realized from this book, that dogs love without limitations, ultimatums or ulterior motives.  They love their human companions simply because it’s truly in their nature.  This book will make you laugh and make you smile. And you will walk away from reading this book and looking at animals in a totally different light.  I’m better for reading this book and I highly recommend it.  It’s a quick read and well worth every penny.”


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My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love



THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place






MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!




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How Do You Handle Adversity?

~ Author unknown

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it, and she wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed that, just as one problem was solved, another arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water, put them on the stove, and placed the fire on high.  Soon the three pots came to a boil.

In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans.  He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter impatiently wondered what he was trying to do.  She had problems, and he was making this strange concoction.  After 30 minutes, he walked over to the stove and turned down the fire.  He pulled the carrots out and placed them in the bowl.  He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.  He let them all cool down.

Turning to her he asked, “What do you see?”

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

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did and noted that they were soft.  He then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.  Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee.  Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee.

Humbly, she asked, “Okay, dad, what does it mean?”

He explained:  “Each of them faced the same adversity, 212 degrees of boiling water. However, each reacted differently.”

“The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.  But after going through boiling water, it softened and became weak.”

“The egg was fragile.  A thin outer shell protected a liquid center.  But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.”

“The coffee beans are unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water, the coffee became stronger and richer.  Which are you?” he asked his daughter.

When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity, or heat you wilt and become soft, with no strength?

Or are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart, a fluid spirit? But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, a layoff you became hardened and stiff.  Your shell looks the same, but you are bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart, internally.

Or are you like the coffee bean?  The bean does not get its peak flavor and gusto until it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better. When things are the worst, you get better. When people talk the most, your praises increase.  When the hour is the darkest, trials are their greatest, your worship elevates to another level.

How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?


NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!


If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.


~ Joyce Fields





About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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