A Carrot, An Egg and a Cup of Coffee

A Carrot, An Egg and a Cup of Coffee.

I’m a sucker for a good metaphor, and this one resonates with me. The carrot and the egg are both changed by adversity (the boiling water) without producing much change in their environments, but the coffee changes its environment even as the environment changes it.

It’s a metaphor for how we choose to live. Do we allow the stress of our lives to soften us, like the carrot? Do we become hard, like the egg? Or do we share our changes with those around us and let them change with us? Do we have the courage to realize change is coming and change our world as we change ourselves?

The carrot lets life beat it down. The egg determines it will never be soft again. Only the coffee has the courage to accept its change, and in accepting, change its world.

I've been a soldier, a dreamer, a working stiff, a leader. A husband, father, example (good and otherwise), and now a survivor. I write about courage, because courage is what enables us to accomplish the impossible. If you draw breath, I love you. If you love in whatever way seems best to you and want others to love in whatever way seems best to them, I am your ally. If you believe someone is less than you because they do not love the way you do, I oppose you. If you see someone as a threat to be abused or destroyed merely because they do not look like you, or love like you, or worship like you, I am your enemy. I am a joyful and courageous man. And I stand with you who love.