Wednesday, August 2, 2006


A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to
visit their old university lecturer. Conversation soon turned into
complaints about stress in work and life.  Offering his guests coffee,
the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee
and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking
and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said:
"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. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the
cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each
other's cups."

"Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and positi on in society
are the cups.  They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the
quality of Life doesn't change." "Sometimes, by concentrating only on
the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."

So please, don't let the cups drive you...enjoy the coffee instead.
Being happy does not mean everything is perfect. It means you have
decided to see beyond the imperfections.  Being happy doesn't mean
having the best of everything.  It means making the best of everything
you have.

1 comment:

  1. What a great reminder that life is more important than the car you drive, or the home you live in, or for that matter, the coffee you drink!!

    Great post!



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