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Monday Morning Mojo: The carrot, egg and the coffee bean

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

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 ground coffee beans.  She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished out the carrots and placed them in a bowl.   She pulled out the eggs and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled out the coffee and placed it in a bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she asked,


“Tell me what you see.”


“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” 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 coffee.  The daughter smiled as she tasted its richness and savored its 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 ground coffee beans were unique, however.  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 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.  If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst; you become even 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 coffee bean?


The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of things that come their way.

Monday Morning Mojo: Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make us happy.

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Here’s a big list of the little things in life we can enjoy:


  1. You wake up before your morning alarm goes off and you can still get more sleep.
  2. You give Mother Nature the slip and get inside or in your car just before it starts raining.
  3. Someone holds the door open for you for what appears to be an awkwardly long time, just so you don’t have to open it.
  4. The person in front of you in the drive thru pays for your order.
  5. You fast-forward through your recording to miss the commercials and you stop just as the next part of your show starts.
  6. You get an unexpected compliment from someone – even a stranger.
  7. Someone re-Tweets or forwards what you post on Facebook unexpectedly.
  8. You’re just sitting there in your chair and you realize that things are great just the way they are.
  9. Finding money that you forgot you had in a coat you haven’t worn for a while.

10.  Hitting the timing perfectly on a bag of popcorn

11.  Popping bubble wrap.

12.  The elevator arrives just as you push the button.

13.  Ordering coffee and hot chocolate at the right temperature.

14.  Your cell phone staying charged long enough for you to finish your conversation.

15.  Getting in your car and seeing that you had more gas than you remembered.

16.  Your favorite song coming on the radio just as you’re thinking about it.

17.  Seeing trees turn green as the weather gets warmer.

18.  Peeling the perfect hardboiled egg.

19.  Bed linens that just came out of the dryer.

20.  Taking a long shower or bath without being interrupted.


There are lots of little things in life that can make us happy. We just have to look for them.


Enjoy your day.

Monday Morning Mojo: Valentine's Day

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

For men:


Guys, it turns out that it really is the thought that counts after all. Yes, flowers, candy and expensive stuff does show that you are thinking about your lady. But the real secret has more to do with how much thought you put into the gift. The more creative you are and the more you give a gift that show how much you’ve been paying attention is what’s key.


Here are a few tips from (believe it or not) on how to make your girl feel special this year:


Show a special feature: Invite her to your place for a special movie night, complete with popcorn and hot cocoa. Show that you've been thinking of her by buying her favorite romantic movie online (again, it's OK to ask her for movie suggestions without revealing your entire plan).


Say it in your own words: Who needs Shakespeare? Many women, including Fawn Fitter of San Francisco, say a heartfelt card is worth its weight in gold. "Not some verse from Hallmark, just something sweet in his own handwriting. That's all it takes," she says.

Eat in: Consider making a romantic dinner at home for your sweetie instead of going to a pricey restaurant on Valentine's Day. If you've got even a shred of culinary talent, get up early and prepare her favorite -- pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, perhaps, with hot coffee, a carafe of mimosa and two champagne glasses.


Check here for more cool ideas:


For women:


Ladies, men DO have other things on their mind when it comes to the gifts they want from you on Valentine’s Day. Author Nancy Eshelman from PennLive did a little research on Facebook and got some surprising – and completely amazing – answers.


From the men who gave her feedback, it seems that many of them “seem to have what they already want” said Eshelman.


Here are some of the responses she received:


  • "If we need told on this day you need to be reminded you love each other, then you don't really know or understand what 'True Love' is. Love isn't a one-day wonder.


  • "True Love means you'll go the extra mile every day if that's what it takes. So we don't celebrate our relationship, we celebrate what it's produced together ... two kids and lots of happiness. So we do something together as a family."


  • "My favorite Valentine's Day gift," he wrote, "is when my dear wife wakes me with a kiss and a happy Valentine's breakfast."


  • "A staycation."


  • "Time ... nothing fancy ... time."


  • "Real men know this is a ladies holiday. Our reward is in knowing we made our 'special lady' less angry with us for a few hours."


Hopefully that clears it up for you. If you’d like to see the full article, go to:


Enjoy and have a Happy (and meaningful) Valentine’s Day.

Monday Morning Mojo: Today is Groundhog Day!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The groundhog, sometimes called a woodchuck or marmot, is believed to make weather predictions relating to winter and spring, which is rooted strongly in superstition. Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were all the rage in Europe, citizens in the area currently known as Germany believed that the badger possessed the ability to predict the coming of spring. In fact, they believed in this power so strongly that they watched the badger to determine when to plant their crops.


In 1886, settlers brought this tradition over to North America, predominantly in Pennsylvania (Punxsutawney to be exact), where it was the groundhog, not the badger, who became the famous “prognosticator”.  It is now the home of Punxsutawney Phil, likely the most famous Groundhog in the entire world.


The Groundhog Day concept became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became well known for these same February “weather predictions”. There’s even a Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival that grew as Willie’s celebrity increased; in fact, Wiarton Willie became a big enough celerity that he has his own statue in Wiarton. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.


Not to be outdone, there are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Schubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia is reportedly the first groundhog in Canada to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba and Balzac Billy in Alberta.


Who knew that being a groundhog carried so much authority? Here’s to groundhogs around the world NOT seeing their shadow today. Bring on the sun!

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