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    Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - ABC

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    Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
    ABC, Thursday, 6 April 2006
    Presenter: Steve Austin



    As heard on Steve Austins program on Thursday, 6 April.

    Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
    by John Mehrmann

    A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee 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 ground coffee beans. 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 coffee out 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 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 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 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 coffee bean?

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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    I like it, I like it!

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    Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
    ABC, Thursday, 6 April *2006
    Presenter: Steve Austin
    I wondered what he was doing these days, I guess that the 6 million dollars that it took to rebuild him was well spent *;D.
    Steve (not Austin)

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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovey link=1144375941/0#2 date=1144380782
    Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
    ABC, Thursday, 6 April 2006
    Presenter: Steve Austin
    I wondered what he was doing these days, I guess that the 6 million dollars that it took to rebuild him was well spent ;D.
    Steve (not Austin)
    Not if it didnt include his own built-in grinder and espresso machine! ;D


    Java "Beans, beans, the magical fruit." phile

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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    ... you know a whole generation of guys and gals old enough to drive a car just went "huh? Dont get it"
    ;)


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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1144375941/0#4 date=1144394773
    ... you know a whole generation of guys and gals old enough to drive a car just went "huh? *Dont get it"
    ;)
    Geez, I must be showing my age, that was one of my favourite shows when I was a kid, all those years ago *:-[.

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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    For those who are too young to have been there....

    .... and those of us who wanted to BE him as a little boy...

    http://www.nostalgiacentral.com/tv/drama/sixmillion.htm

    (sorry - completley OT for the original thread)

    In regards to the OP of the thread, very cool, very zen :)

    I heard a similar thing that was coffee related a while ago about a jar full of golf balls, some stones, some sand and two cups of coffee (no its the setup for a joke)

    Ill see if I can find the details. It was a very cool way to look at life, similar to the OP

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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    Here it is. Youve probably seen it before.

    Ive cut/paste and posted the text here because no one should have to read that UGLY webpage where it originates from:


    QUOTE from : http://www.xenodochy.org/ex/quotes/coffee.html
    [hr]

    "Mayonnaise and Coffee

    When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee....

    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
    When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

    The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

    The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

    "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal." Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

    The professor smiled. "Im glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, theres always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

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    Re: Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? - A

    Ive always enjoyed that particular philosophy lesson. :)

    Java "Out for coffee with a friend" phile



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