AdlandPro Friday Review April 19

AdlandPro Friday Review April 19

ADlandPro Friday Review for April 19,2013

 

Normally when I do the Friday review, I try to find news that will be interesting for you, news that will inform and maybe even entertain, but I am finding it difficult to do that with the recent events of the Boston tragedy and with today’s news of the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco Texas. I have no words to convey my sorrow at the loss of life, the words of comfort to help those who have been so affected by these deeds one caused by man and the other, no one knows yet… but then I keep seeing this picture of a young child Martin Richards and I feel that what he said before his death says everything I would want to say.

Richard Martin sending a message of peace

It always amazes me what all of the members of AdlandPro are doing to help others such as Jim Allen  creating a video helping members

or Mark Dewey who goes out of his way creating designs for members of AdlandPro, just because he want to help

Welcome to Daves Wire Creations, design by Mark Dewey

For those of you who are unaware, I have extended the sharing buttons to the wall, so that you can share your images, music and topics of discussion to the various sharing sites that you belong to.  What a great way to be seen and to have Adlandpro be seen. 

 

Our affiliate manager Dave Cottrell has started a group for AdlandPro affiliates.  When Dave and I had talked, we wanted to find a way for the affiliates to be able to go to a place and get help with their concerns, to have questions answered and to talk about how to promote AdlandPro. When Dave came up with this idea of the group, I felt it a very good idea. All too often, when you are working at home, one can feel isolated and uncertain of what to do.  I hope that you will join the group ( this is for AdlandPro affiliates only) and feel welcomed to asking questions or getting help .

I would like to share a story with you today that has a special meaning and it’s called

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?

 

 

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