Posted by: nichemarketplace | May 6, 2008

Life is like a cup of coffee … A Mother’s Day tribute!


“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.
A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

~ Sophia Loren

* Mothers SHOP TWICE too — once for themselves and once for their children!

So here’s to Mom — help mate, nurturer of children, keeper of the hearth, caretaker of the family home, stocker of the fridge, guardian of the family budget, and retail therapist extraordinaire — on her special day! Thanks for all the morsels of wisdom so lovingly offered. I also want to thank entrepreneur and fellow OSI Rock Star Scott Nelson of Fox Music Company for the following uplifting story. Feel free to share it with all those who have had a motherly influence on your life or anyone you know who is experiencing challenges and might appreciate an infusion of hope and inspiration …

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 soon 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,” the daughter 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 under pressure? 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 causes 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?

I hope you choose to be like coffee. 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!

This Mother’s Day, practice random acts of Retail therapy. Pamper yourself a little, Mom, you deserve it!

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  1. Hey Rina! I LOVE coffee, so being just like it, I probably AM, cause 90% of my body is made up of it!

    Great page!

    Jennifer Smith

  2. Hi Rina,

    Love the blog and love the layout, you are very clever.
    Also like the cool widgets you have in place.
    Take Care

  3. What a wonderful and creative blog! If I could only write a smidget as good as you do.
    You Rock,

  4. Wow!! Love your great advice.
    Thank you!

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