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Lessons from a fruit plate

2013-11-09 14:50 (comments: 0)

What we can learn when we consciously go through life! Recently I was on a short trip with my best friend. We both like to start the day with a plate of fruit which we enjoyably consume as breakfast. The hotel had a good selection and we both had to chuckle when we arrived back at the table with the same fruit: grapes, strawberries, melon, apples and bananas. Not only was it the same fruit but also the same quantity ... yes, we understand each other very well in many things!

After a few bites my friend made a comment that triggert us to attentively observe the rest of the day. "What do you notice when you look at our two plates now?" I closely looked at them and was astounded at what I saw. My friend had eaten nearly all her strawberries and had not touched the other fruit, while I had tried a little bit of each. She always took one kind after another, and ate them consecutively, while I happily ate mixed fruit and, over and over decided anew, what would taste best in the moment or which combination of fruit I would like to try now.
The same type of behaviour pattern shows up in many things that we do. Marjan (my friend) is well structured and always likes to close a project before she begins the next one. I often bubble over with ideas and start several projects simultaneously to then, each time, decide on which project I would most like to work on now. Marjan likes to have a plan that she works to, while I tend to work by the "likes principle" and am more spontaneous.
How do you eat your fruit? Do you sort it exactly by colour or size? Do you always take what you know, or do you also try new fruit when given the chance? Do you enjoy each bite with full attention or do you empty your plate determinedly and without wasting time? It is really fun to observe oneself and others and to draw conclusions about the behaviour in different situations of life. I wish you "bon appétit" and an open eye in your next restaurant visit!


God has so made the mind of man that a peculiar deliciousness resides in the fruits of personal industry.



There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge, observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

Denis Diderot


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau


Let's assume that each person has an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different. To realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.

John Fischer 


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