Good Egg or Bad Egg – What Is Your Eggness?

by Sherry Riter in Choice,Motivation,Self-Development  

“A good egg” is an old expression from the 1900’s that describes someone who is a pleasant, loyal, true and a thoroughly reliable person. I’ve always tried to be a good egg and usually, I’m my own worst critic.

I’m sure you know some good eggs and some not so good eggs, but I think figuring out which kind of egg you are can get complicated. As we progress in life, our eggness goes through a metamorphosis. There is always the pull from one side or the other – the old fight between good and evil. At all times, we are in control of molding our character.

halo angel devil horns egg

In the Book of Proverbs 23:7 from the Bible it states, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Whether we are with other people most of the day or not, our minds are always alone and free to have whatever thoughts we allow to occupy them.

folding laundry good egg

What kind of traits would a good egg exemplify?

  • Brave
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Confident
  • Considerate
  • Courageous
  • Courteous
  • Diligent
  • Diplomatic
  • Disciplined
  • Fair-minded
  • Friendly
  • Generous
  • Hard-working
  • Helpful
  • Honest
  • Kind
  • Loyal
  • Nice
  • Optimistic
  • Patient
  • Polite
  • Rational
  • Reliable
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Sincere
  • Sociable
  • Sympathetic
  • Thoughtful
  • Trustworthy
  • Understanding

That’s a nice list and all, but people have different talents and are brought up in different situations. No one has the same opportunities in life either. How exactly do all those things affect the eggness of an individual? Can everyone be a good egg or are some people just going to be a bad egg no matter what happens to them?

construction good egg

I’m always emotional when I think of the circumstances that Helen Keller overcame in her life. Helen Adams Keller got very sick when she was nineteen months old and became blind and deaf. Think about that for a second. Helen didn’t just become blind OR deaf. Helen became blind AND deaf at the tender age of nineteen months.

Helen Keller lived in a dark and silent world where she could have become bitter, hard, selfish or any other number of bad egg traits. Do you know what Helen Keller did with her life? Helen became an American author, political activist, and lecturer. On top of that, she was the first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. I would venture to say that Helen Keller was not only courageous and accomplished, but she exemplified many other good egg traits.

cooking good egg

Obviously, circumstances can influence a person, but deep down within our souls, our eggness is apparent. In every situation, we make another choice that steers our life in one direction or the other. Choices lead us toward goodness or evil. There are preferences like choosing between a blue skirt or a green skirt. Neither choice is good or evil. Our eggness is not usually affected by simple choices like favorite colors. However, if you were to choose a blue skirt instead of the marching band uniform that you were supposed to wear, the rebellious non-compliance could show your eggness and it wouldn’t be good.

redhead good egg

Another aspect of your eggness is why you choose to be a good egg or a bad egg. For example, I do not choose to be kind because I want everyone to say, “She is sooooo kind!” That’s just hideous to me. I am kind because I want to be kind. If I do something that is kind for another person, it isn’t necessary that they even know I did the kind act. I am happy being kind to other people. In that instance, I am being a good egg. There are people, however, who are kind in order to get a reward and their kindness isn’t real at all. You might know people at work like this and they are referred to as brown-nosers, butt kissers or suck ups. Obviously, fake kindness is a bad egg trait.

Only you and your Maker know the thoughts in your head and the intentions in your heart. It is sometimes hard not to crack completely up and turn into the Darth Vadar Bad Egg and go to the Dark Side, but I believe that in the end the good egg traits are worth cultivating. What do you think?

darth vadar bad egg

By the way, you can tell me how cute the eggs are and I won’t let it go to my head. LOL



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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 lisa simmons September 4, 2012 at 4:43 am

Good morning,
As I’m sitting here this morning reading your post on Good egg or Bad egg I’m eating my usual 4 egg whites. (protein)….I can’t help but think about how I could have easily became a Bad egg. Having grown up with the admiration of Helen Keller, a hero in my book…. I was born deaf in my left ear. and Was always put to the left of the room, I vowed that when I got into high school and I could sit where I wanted, that no one would know that I had this slight disadvantage. I managed to accomplish this, I did have some issues as not being able to hear at times, but most of the time managed to get through it. In My adult life, as I have gotten older, I have noticed that talking on the phone I have a tendency to be louder than usual. Guess its due to not being able to hear out of the other ear. and trying to tune out the other noise.
I do know that as a child, I learned about over coming obstacles and learned different ways to take care of myself should I loose the hearing in my good ear. I learned sign language I also learned to read lips…. (now this one is a true value)…. as it has came in handy at times…. as you could image…Thankyou so much for the post this morning I really enjoyed it… And makes me reminise….
From one good egg to another…..

Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day as you have blessed me…..

Lisa S.


2 The Redhead Riter September 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Lisa. I can see how you could have become a bitter, sorry-for-yourself bad egg, but it sounds like you became a strong, accomplished and admirable good egg!

By the way, it’s a long story, but I read lips too. It is amazing how much you can learn about someone from across the room when they don’t know you can read lips. 😉

I hope you have a marvelous day!


3 Skip_D September 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

I don’t care, I’ll tell you anyway – those eggs are *C*U*T*E*!!!

Ohhhh, & yes – you are a good egg! 😉


4 The Redhead Riter September 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

LOL Thank you! I love the eggs! I had so much fun creating them! Don’t you just love my egg hair? LOL LOL LOL


5 Joan September 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

Yes, I loved your redhead egg hair! I laughed out loud when I saw it! Not only are you a good egg, but in spite of everything that you have been through you’re not hard-boiled at all. You still remain loveable, kind. generous and thoughtful. not to mention talented, gifted, creative and entertaining! When it comes to eggs you are an ORIGINAL! Enjoy your day and don’t let all my compliments go to your yolk! 🙂


6 The Redhead Riter September 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Thank you, Joan. I really enjoyed creating the eggs! When I thought of the Darth Vadar egg, I laughed so hard that I nearly cracked a rib! I will never look at eggs the same again!


7 Skip_D September 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Yes, I laughed out loud when I saw the wonderful RedheadEgg!!! …& the Darth Vader egg is famulous!!! 😀


8 The Redhead Riter September 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

LOL I look pretty good as an egg. The skin definitely glows the right color. LOL


9 Susanne September 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Hello and hope you are having a terrific Tuesday from your goofiest reader, the “scrambled” egg.


10 The Redhead Riter September 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

LOL I feel a bit scrambled sometimes too, so it is nice to have company. 😉


11 katherine September 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

What a great post my friend. Love the eggs too, but you knew that, right. I would sure like to believe I am a good egg. I know I am soft boiled ( tender in the middle. Sometimes I wish I were a little more hard boiled. But fortunately I am rarely scrambled. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo


12 The Redhead Riter September 9, 2012 at 5:35 am

😀 Yeah, I knew the eggs were a hit. I had so much fun making them!

I think you are definitely a good egg and nothing about you seems scrambled a bit! The soft part is what makes you such a wonderful woman, so don’t wish it away!!! Thank you for your reminder for the Thursday sharing. It makes it so convenient to hop over and visit you! {{{hugsssss}}}}


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