The Coffee Bean

I recently finished reading a book titled “The Coffee Bean”, written by Jon Gordon & Damon West. It’s a very easy read (it literally took me under 30 minutes to finish) about a young boy named Abe who, while in high school finds himself dealing with some pretty difficult challenges, fears and stressors in his life; both at home and at school until one day his teacher shares a life changing lesson with him about a pot of boiling water, a carrot, an egg and a coffee bean.

First his teacher gives Abe a carrot and asks him to take it home with him and see what happens to the carrot when he puts it in a pot of boiling hot water? He reports back to the teacher the next day that the carrot became soft. The teacher then gives him an egg and asks him to do the exact same thing the next evening. The boy of course knew right away that the egg would harden in the boiling water. So on day three the teacher hands the boy a coffee bean to take home. Abe had no idea just how much this little coffee bean was about to transform his life and the way he thinks, acts and sees the world around him.

Many people may find it difficult to conceptualize just how much our environment or the conditions of our surroundings for which we live will have a deep impact on how we think, act and see the world around us.

For some of us, metaphorically speaking our environment or the conditions we live in can make us feel weak and soft and sad and emotionally drained which likens us to that of a carrot in boiling water. 

Then there are some of us who become hardened like an egg when placed in that same pot of boiling water and metaphorically speaking again, our shell (or the shield many of us wear) tries to protect us but if our heart becomes too hard we then become incapable of giving or receiving love which may eventually lead us to become mad, angry, bitter, untrusting and full of hate due to the conditions or environment surrounding them. 

The coffee bean however when placed in the boiling water doesn’t become soft or hard, it instead evolves and transforms itself into something new, which is of course…coffee. The power to make this beautiful transformation is inside of the coffee bean just like the power is within us. The coffee bean makes you believe you have the power to impact the world. 

So now imagine your life as a pot of boiling water and depending what you put into the water you can feel the pressure from your environment or the conditions surrounding you. We all have a choice whether to allow it to weaken us, harden us or transform us. 

If I’m to be completely honest right now, I see myself as the carrot who feels weak and soft and sad and emotionally drained due to my environment and the conditions surrounding it. I know in my heart I want to be like a coffee bean and that the power to become one is deep within me, I just need to believe in it, or better yet, believe in me (maybe I should start by drinking coffee first?).

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

***A special thank you to my beautiful and dear friend @getitdonewithjoy for introducing me to this very meaningful and inspiring tale. I am grateful every single day to have you in my life and for always making me believe that I am so much more than a carrot.

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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