Saturday, August 12, 2006

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.He offered 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, some exquisite, and told them to help themselves to the coffee.All the students had a cup of coffee in hand. The professor 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. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality to the coffee in most cases. The cup is 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, 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 God has provided us."God brews the coffee, not the cups..........enjoy your coffee.

Thanks to Dawn (and Jean) for allowing me to share this story with you.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Marilyn said...

What a great story! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'm looking forward to reading about your trip. We own five (raw) acres in So. Colorado in the San Luis Valley (near Mt. Blanca) and a tiny parcel outside Tres Piedras, NM...so you're in an area that greatly interests me. (We bought both online--cheap!--and still haven't seen them in person.) :)

11:42 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

I love this post REL...what the professor said is so very true!! I love the way he compares what we want out of life with those coffee cups...brilliant!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Swatantra said...

Hi first time on your blog... liked this story very much.. Speechless... What a real thing has been narrated in a perfect manner... thanks for sharing and enlighten us....

3:02 AM  

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