Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Photo of Carrot, Egg, and Coffee Bean 
©  2014  Debbie Turner Chavers

I could not find the original author of the story "Carrot, Egg, or Coffee Bean?  The story is presented in several versions online.  The young woman could be older or be a male.  I see the story as a representational parable. The mother could be you.  Regardless of the role played, the sentiment is the same. Really think through the story....are you acting as the pot of water?  If so...turn off the heat.  Or do you relate more to the things being boiled?
How do you respond to adversity? 


Psalm 37:39  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Carrot, Egg, or Coffee Bean?

A young woman told her mother about her life and how things were so hard.  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 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 then 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," she replied.  
She 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. However, the ground coffee beans were unique.  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 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 of your life. 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 changed by your surroundings or do you bring life, flavor, to them?

*Originally found online, author unknown.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Dr.Caroline Leaf

About Dr. Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched  the Mind-Brain connection.  During her  years in clinical practice as a Communication  Pathologist she developed tools and processes that have transformed the lives of  patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and released the potential of thousands of young students and adults.  
She has presented her unique Switch On Your Brain with the 5-Step Learning Process® and the Metacognitive-Map™ learning tool to more than 100,000 students worldwide.
She developed the Geodesic Learning™ theory (brain-compatible learning) that has been conservatively shown to increase academic performance by 35-75%. This revolutionary theory explains the Science of Thought, stating that everything you do is first a thought in the you physical brain. You think, and then you do, which cycles back to the original thought, changing it, and the thoughts connected to it, in a dynamic interrelationship. Therefore if your thinking is toxic, then your communications and actions are toxic, and vice versa.

She has published articles in academic journals and consumer magazines and has been widely interviewed in newspapers, on radio shows, and on television shows about her research and theories.

She frequently lectures to both Christian and secular audiences worldwide, linking scientific principles of the brain to intellectual and emotional issues in simple and practical ways. She speaks on diverse topics relating to optimal brain performance, including:
  1. Thinking and learning
  2. Controlling your thought life
  3. Managing stress
  4. Eradicating toxic thoughts
  5. Overcoming mental, emotional, and spiritual strongholds
  6. Understanding male and female brain differences
  7. Applying wisdom
  8. Identifying your unique gifts


University of Cape Town South Africa Degree of Bachelor of Science (Logopaedics)- Dec 13th 1985
University of Pretoria South Africa Masters in Speech Therapy AND Audiology with distinction/cum laude- June 9th 1990
University of Pretoria South Africa Doctor Philosophiae with specialization in Communication Pathology With distinction/cum laude and academic honors- May 9th 1997
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