Life is Like Coffee
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers got together to visit their old college professor.
Conversation soon turned to 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 and some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite.
He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee. After everyone had a cup of coffee in their hands, the professor said, “ If you noticed, all the nice-looking and expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and the cheap ones.
While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.
Be assured that the cup 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 wanted was coffee, but then you consciously went for the best cups. And then began eyeing each other’s cup.
Now consider this: Life is the coffee, the jobs, money, position in society are the cups. And the type of cup does not define the coffee, nor change its quality. They are just the tools to hold and contain Life.
Sometimes by concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.
Savor the coffee, not the cup.
The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They make the best of everything.
Live simply, speak kindly, care deeply, love generously.
The richest person is not the one who has the most, but who needs the least.
– Unknown Author