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.