Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

Author Unknown

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.

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 expensive, some exquisite — telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.

While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that has become the source of your problems and stress.

The cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it just adds to the cost of the coffee, and in some cases, even hides what we drink.

What all you really wanted was the coffee, not the cup, but you unconsciously went for the best-looking cup… and then, you began eyeing each other’s cup.

Now, consider this: Life IS the coffee… the jobs, 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 savor the coffee.

Enjoy the coffee… not the cups.

The happiest people do not have the best of everything — they make the best out of anything.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.


Happy New Year, everyone!



About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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