I Am A Coffee Bean

So this girl goes to her Ma whining about how hard life is and such,

‘Every time I get over one hurdle another seems to arrive and everything is so difficult. I can’t seem to move forward.’

Her ma listens and tells her daughter to follow her. She takes her to the kitchen and fills 3 saucepans with water on a high flame.

 

Into 1 she puts a potato and

in 2 she puts an egg.

In 3 she places some coffee beans.

After boiling them for some time she takes each out and places them into separate bowls.

‘What do you see?’ Her mother asks.

‘A spud, an egg and some coffee beans.’ Her daughter replied. Her mother said,

‘No, look closer. Pick them up and tell me what you have observed.’

The daughter duly noted that the spuds were now soft to touch, the egg was now hard under it’s shell and the coffee after some sugar was added was now a rather tasty drink. The mother pointed out that all three had faced adversity or found themselves ‘in hot water’ and each had returned very different reactions to that adversity.

The hard spud had become soft, the soft egg had become hard and the coffee beans had been completely transformed into something strong and rather delicious!

So here’s my question:

WHICH ARE YOU?

I like to imagine that I’m a coffee bean myself, ready to shape-shift into what ever is needed to get the job done.

I was recently doing a round up of some fellow bloggers and noticed that many had folded. There’s many reasons I’m sure; too many other commitments, blogging was never a serious thing, their blog couldn’t gain traction, they may have even started a new blog or moved on to much greater things! Whatever – but it always feels a little sad to me, like a death in the blogosphere. So my questions are and you can answer as many as you see fit:

  • Do you see yourself as the potato, the egg or the coffee beans when life throws a curve ball?
  • If you have been plugging away for a while at blogging, are you still enjoying it?
  • If you are a newb, how will you react if you find some months in that you are not hitting your targets? Spud, egg or coffee bean?
  • Are you meeting your blogging goals or didn’t you have any in the first place?
  • Is blogging everything you hoped it would be when you recall submitting your very first post?
  • It’s nearly Xmas. (There I’ve said it!) This time next year, barring any unforeseens, do you think you will still be blogging?

Let me know below!

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44 thoughts on “I Am A Coffee Bean

  1. 1. I’m probably a hard boiled egg, despite my love for coffee.
    2. Still enjoying it. Very much. And mulling on a past comment of yours as to how I can change it to improve.
    3. See # 1 above. πŸ™‚
    4. As I mentioned in one of my posts, my original goal for blogging has not been met. But I found new goals which are working and above all great friends. Edith included.
    5. Blogging is – very – different from what I expected, but again results are… astounding. And volume is growing so there is quantitative feedback. As well as qualitative.
    6. Where will we be next year at Xmas time? I don’t know, but it is likely I will continue blogging.
    Thank you Daphne for your usual insight.
    Rufus.

      1. Thank YOU. Very heartwarming on this chilly winter evening. (I’ve been had. Mexico city is freezin’ in December. Where’s Global warming when you most need it?) Tsss…
        My man Duncan, can you bring us two extra orders of scones please and very hot tea please? Thank you.

      2. Er. Well, my man servant has just finished digging the anti-nuclear shelter below the house. Need to go to the store to get supplies, food, chocolate, scones, brandy, etc.
        ‘sides that? The man is mad. And provocative. To get the attention he feels he deserves. But then what are the Democrats waiting for? Impeach! Impeach! Before he sends us all into WWIII. Tss. A cloud of milk with your tea, dear?

      3. Yes please. Does it come with it’s vitamins pre-radiated?
        You are kinda my go to source on these things as I get a strong impression of a magician’s sleight of hand every time there’s another distraction headline.

  2. Love this .I believe I’m all three because I’ve experienced all three. … yes some days are disappointing when I write but I feel goo d when I write and it’s a great release . I have also met some some very inspiring people that I enjoy chatting with, so yes I will keep blogging.

    1. Excellent news! Your blog is full of lovely little captured snippets of life and if you nurture it you’ll get ‘there’ – wherever ‘there’ is for you. πŸ™‚ You’re already in the winning seat because you love writing regardless.

  3. Darling Madam Ed,

    In a word. I’m a coffee bean.
    I might change my style of blogging, depending on how my brain feels on the day, but I blog because I like to share interesting or funny stuff. I don’t expect accolades or anything, but if some S.O.B. would buy my left over stock, I’d be happy! perhaps blog on THAT?
    Oh God… x x x

    1. Lol. The beauty dear Lady D (as I will keep reminding you) is that you can literally do ANYthing you choose. You can go with ANY of your thoughts and ideas, your brand new direction – which sounds exciting, the crazy and sane direction and / or the lovely things you bought from Africa.

      It is not the subject (necessarily) but the way in which they are marketed. You could come up with a cure for cancer – but if you don’t market it no one will know about it.

      The marketing bit is the tough bit…ask any blogger or business online.
      That is the bit that requires much thought, planning, structure, repeated action, investment and patience to allow it to happen.

      1. Aah, Madam Ed,
        I’ve only just read this, so please ignore the other mail about what subjects to perhaps stick to!
        Thanks for your sage advice. I so appreciate you. Xx

  4. I want to be a coffee bean… sadly sometime I feel I’m the egg. But it’s time to change that.
    I have been blogging for a while-although not consistantly- and I keep thinking I’ll get into a more routine thing. It works for a bit and then life happens and I fall off. It’s a work in progress… like me πŸ™‚

    1. OOps… hit send by accident. This time next year I “plan” to still be blogging in some way… I want to make a blog plan and so on. But I am still really excited about sharing my life with people who want to read πŸ™‚

  5. Do you see yourself as the potato, the egg or the coffee beans when life throws a curve ball?
    I’m an egg. I become solid and provide the strength of a good protein.

    If you have been plugging away for a while at blogging, are you still enjoying it?
    I’ve been blogging since 2010 and still enjoy it. I have three active blogs.

    If you are a newb, how will you react if you find some months in that you are not hitting your targets? Spud, egg or coffee bean?
    With my newest blog, I’ll harden up. I do it once a week on a schedule and I have a good supply of subject matter.

    Are you meeting your blogging goals or didn’t you have any in the first place?
    I have no goals. It’s a hobby and my greatest joy is the comments section and speaking with online friends from all over the world.

    Is blogging everything you hoped it would be when you recall submitting your very first post?
    Yes, I didn’t have high expectations.

    It’s nearly Xmas. (There I’ve said it!) This time next year, barring anything unforeseen, do you think you will still be blogging?
    Yes, I see no reason to stop.

    1. Thank you. You are my second favourite blog title this week with someone called The Obssessive Writer being the first Grumps! πŸ™‚ And hurrah for poetry that doesn’t make me run a mile. Like the art choices too!

      1. Ah but I simply meant I found you second as opposed to being runner up so up out of those shadows my good man!
        Also just noticed the sub title ‘dreary poems and rhymes for short attention spans…’ Lol that’s me!

  6. Do you see yourself as the potato, the egg or the coffee beans when life throws a curve ball? – definitely like the coffee bean –
    If you have been plugging away for a while at blogging, are you still enjoying it? – love it when I can do it.
    If you are a newb, how will you react if you find some months in that you are not hitting your targets? Spud, egg or coffee bean? I don’t think I count as a newb even though I don’t post much.
    Are you meeting your blogging goals or didn’t you have any in the first place? – the only goal I had was to have some place to write. I think I have that.
    Is blogging everything you hoped it would be when you recall submitting your very first post? – I wasn’t planning on having the physical challenges that have come to me – other than that everything is as good or better than I’d hoped.
    It’s nearly Xmas. (There I’ve said it!) This time next year, barring any unforeseens, do you think you will still be blogging? – I hope I’ll be blogging more – depends on how I’m doing physically.

    You inspire me to keep going. Glad you’re here. πŸ™‚

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