Life Is Like Coffee

April 30, 2013

A link to a slideshow of a story landed in my inbox this morning.

Even though the slideshow got the message across, the words themselves have more than enough meaning.

I re-formatted the words slightly to make the story easier to read.

Read the story pausing at the end of each line.

It’s a reflection of wanting in life.

A group of graduates, highly established in their careers…

…got together to visit their old university professor.

On their visit…

…the 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…

…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 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 life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup…

…we fail to enjoy the coffee.

Savor the coffee…

…not the cups!

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.

– Author is unknown. If you know who wrote the original story then please let us know.

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