Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Coffee Cups

This is quite good. How many are not content with your life?


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 plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He

told the group 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 were taken

up, leaving behind the plain and 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 itself adds no quality to

the coffee. In most cases it 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 you began eyeing each other's cups.

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 the 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!"

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just

make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.

Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. You are the miracle, my friend,

your life either shines a light - or casts a shadow.

HT: Cathy

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