A carrot, an egg, and a cup of Oolong tea… You will never look at a cup of Oolong the same way again.

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 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 boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed Oolong tea. 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 Oolong out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and Oolong tea,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the Oolong. 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. 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 Oolong tea was unique, however. After they were in the boiling water , they had changed the water color and taste.

“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 Oolong tea?

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 hardened heart?

Or am I like the Oolong tea? The tea 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 tea, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a Oolong tea?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you; to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

May we all be OOLONG TEA !!!!!!!!!

Sourced Article & Picture from Rebecca Lech @ Google+

23 Comments Add yours

  1. great post. I’d like to say I’m the tea. But if I’m honest, I’m a carrot an egg and sometimes the tea–depends on what’s doing the boiling.


    1. Thanks..I think I am a combination of the carrot, the egg and the tea. It really depends who does the boiling like you said. I would like to be the tea though!


  2. That is an educational and enjoyable parable or story with an inspirational photo.
    Well done.


    1. Very inspirational 😉


  3. Thank you for sharing this thought provoking post– as an avid tea drinker, I never thought of tea symbolizing someone I should strive to be.


    1. Hi Francis,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post about the Oolong Tea.
      It made me think about my current situation.
      A thought provoking post indeed 😉



  4. Tanguyenable says:

    Great share Jenny. A lot to take away from.


  5. The Mouse says:

    A Yoda moment, maybe Kwai Chang Caine, or even Master Oogway 🙂 Thanks!


    1. Hello Spencer!

      Yup a yoda moment. I need to strive to be like the tea more…Will work on that..great lesson for everyone and everybody…..;)

      Many thanks for all the likes..

      Happy weekend..

      Jenny 😉


  6. docreedy says:

    That is what I needed to read today. Thanks. 🙂


    1. Your welcome!
      Thanks for the following and liking my post.



  7. longnoseddog says:

    Thank you for the awesome post! I am striving to be the tea! X


    1. Me too…….
      Happy weekend 😉


    1. Hello Alice!

      Thank you again..
      Happy blogging to the both of us……..


      Jenny 😉


    1. Hi there!

      Thank you so much..I saw this post in Google+ so I thought I would share it. It really helped me stay focus with my current situation right now.

      By the way, thank you for your support and liking 2 of my posts. I have two more to go before I hit the big 100 followers. 😉 Really happy about that.



  8. LediaR says:

    A wonderful parable. I really like the idea of being oolong tea that changes the world around me (in a positive way) instead of a squishy carrot or hardened egg.


    1. Same here..I hope to be the oolong tea.. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes I am the carrot or the hardened egg..

      Thank you for the reblogged.
      I will post more parables…


      1. LediaR says:

        That one was amazing. I hope to see more. And you are welcome for the reblog. I just had to share.


  9. LediaR says:

    Reblogged this on Healthy, Happy Living and commented:
    A wonderful parable about how adversity either changes us or we change the world around us, hopefully in a positive way.
    PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL BLOGGER’S POSTS. They were kind enough to let me share this wonderful article with you.


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