LIFE IS THE COFFEE
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together
to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon
turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and
returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups -
porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain-looking, some
expensive, and some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to
the coffee. After all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the
"If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up,
leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for
you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your
problems and stress."
"Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In
most cases, it's just more expensive and in some cases even hides
what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the
cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and then began
eyeing each other's cups."
"Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, houses, cars,
things, money and position in society are the cups. They are just
tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not
define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by
concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee Life has
Life brews the coffee, not the cups . . . enjoy your coffee.
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