A Cup of CoFfEe...


A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got

together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation

soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in

general...Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen

and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of

cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal - some plain, some expensive, some

quite exquisite. Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh


When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old

professor quietly cleared his throat and began to address the small

gathering... ''You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were

taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is

only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that may actually

be the source of much of your stress-related problems." He continued...''Be

assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup

merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of you really wanted

was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups... Then

you began eyeing each other's cups....

"Think of this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are

merely cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of

cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we

live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.

Enjoy your coffee! The happiest people don't have the best of everything -

they just make the best of everything they have...So: Live simply. Love

generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. And remember - the richest person is

not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least."

Enjoy the rest of your Week..


bb_ANN said…
whatta beautiful anecdote..now I realized something...^^
Nova said…
nice... you too may you have a great week..its almost ending here... kayo rin soon..
HulaGirl said…
wow, sometimes we need to be reminded by this kind anecdote to slow down a bit and enjoy life...
thx of sharing this jull,

hav a happy day

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